Additional 29433, f. 89

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The Master of the Brussels Initials is named after the decorated letters in a book of hours in Brussels (Bibliothèque royale, mss. 11060-61), identified by some scholars as the book of hours, illuminated by Jacquemart de Hesdin, mentioned in the 1402 inventory of the duke of Berry. This manuscript was mainly illuminated by the Master of the Brussels Initials, while a few of the smaller miniatures were painted by French artists, such as a follower of the Luçon Master. The style of the Brussels Initials Master reveals his North Italian origin, although most of the manuscripts attributed to him were produced in Paris between c. 1400 and 1408, before he returned to Italy, probably to Bologna. The Master of the Brussels Initials is important for having introduced to Paris a repertory of Italian motifs, such as brightly coloured acanthus leaves decorating the borders, and fanciful architectural settings that exceed the traditional picture page. The proposed identification of the artist with Zebo (or Zanobi) da Firenze on the basis of an inscription in the Hours of Charles the Noble (Cleveland, Museum of Art, MS 64.40) is no longer accepted.  
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