Additional 35311 (vol. 1), f. 333v

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Originally designed as a single volume, Additonal 35311 together with Harley 2897 form the Breviary of John the Fearless and his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. The main artist, known from this manuscript as Master of the Breviary of John the Fearless (active in Avignon?, Burgundy, Paris, Bourges?, c. 1405-1420), collaborated here with the South Netherlandish Master of Guillebert de Mets, the Egerton Master, and the Humility Master. The Breviary Master, formerly confused with one of the Limbourg brothers with whom he collaborated about 1410 in the famous Très Riches Heures of the duke of Berry (Chantilly, Musée Condé, ms. 65), often used the Limbourgs’ compositions; like the brothers, he too might have originated from the Netherlands. Figures and spaces have been modelled with dense little dots and soft contrasts and pastel colours reinforce the effect of a velvet-like surface. The composition of the Crucifixion shown here is connected to a miniature of the same subject in the Très Belles Heures de Bruxelles (Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, mss. 11060-61), tentatively identified as the book of hours illuminated by Jacquemart de Hesdin and described in the inventory of the duke of Berry of 1402.  
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