Book of Hours in French, 175 x 125 mm, c. 1415, Virgin of humility, illuminated by the MASTER OF THE HUMILITY MADONNAS Harley 2952, f. 115
Featured art. "The Master of the Humility Madonnas (fl. in Paris or Bourges, c. 1405-1415) is named after his predilection for representing the Madonna of Humility, that is, the Virgin sitting humbly on the ground. In this book of hours, he used the subject three times. This composition is derived from an Italian model, an example of which can be seen in a mid-fourteenth-century painting in the style of Simone Martini (Palermo, Museo Nazionale). As was traditional for the early fifteenth century, the Christ Child is depicted nude. Large, softly modelled relief-like figures are also typical for the artist. The semi-grisaille of the Virgin and Child contrasts dramatically with the coloured background. The Humility Master collaborated with Parisian artists who were also working occasionally in Bourges for the duke of Berry, such as the Master of the Breviary of John the Fearless. "
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