- Walters Ms. W.165, Loftie Hours
- Masters of the Delft Grisailles
- Dutch and Flemish
- This mid-fifteenth-century illuminated Book of Hours is written entirely in Dutch on fine parchment and is remarkable for its eighteen grisaille miniatures. This technique, wherein the figures are modeled primarily in a gray wash, became a favorite in the Netherlands. The hand behind the miniatures in this manuscript has been identified with a group of artists known as the Masters of the Delft Grisailles. The manuscript has been grouped with more than a dozen related works, including New York, Morgan Ms. M.349; London, Victoria and Albert Geo. Reid Ms. 32; Leiden, BPL Ms. 224; Brussels, BR Ms. 21696; Antwerp, Plantin Moretus Ms. 49; and The Hague, KB Ms. 74 G 35. The manuscript is comprised of 152 folios and is almost completely intact, lacking only two miniatures. It retains its original brown leather binding decorated with mythological beasts and a now illegible inscription. The calendar is for the Use of Utrecht, which helps localize its original ownership, as might a mostly erased ownership inscription that has been partially recovered. Good impressions of two circular pilgrim badges, now removed, are visible on fol. 112v.
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- 1440 to 1460
- Walters Art Museum