Harley 2897 (vol. 2), f. 33v

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The Master of Guillebert de Mets is a South Netherlandish illuminator (fl. c. 1415-1460) named after two of his manuscripts signed by the scribe Guillebert de Mets (Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, mss. 9559-64 and Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, ms. 5070). We are well informed about this scribe, who was based in Gerardsbergen (Grammont) in South-Eastern Netherlands. Guillebert de Mets describes himself as a ‘libraire’ for the Burgundian dukes, and he collaborated principally with the illuminator named after him. In the Breviary of John the Fearless, the summer portion (Harley 2897) formed originally a single volume with the winter portion (Additional 35311). Once the decision to divide the book into two halves was made, the summer portion was provided with its own Calendar, ferial Psalter, and Common of Saints added by the Master of Guillebert de Mets. His style, marked by bright, dense colours outlined in black and broad, heavy leaf forms decorating the borders, is clearly Netherlandish, while compositional schemes reveal his contact with art from the French capital.  
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