Click here to skip to content

Christ Among The Doctors In The Temple, In The Caesar Master Hours

Christ Among The Doctors In The Temple, In The Caesar Master Hours

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Additional MS 62523

Item number: f.26v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

An illuminator of uncertain origin, who decorated a manuscript of the works of Julius Caesar and is therefore known to art historians as the 'Caesar Master', was the artist of this Book of Hours. Several manuscripts decorated by the artist have been identified: they allow us to deduce that he worked in the middle decades of the 15th century, for clients associated mainly with London and Oxford. An inscription suggests that by 1475 this manuscript was owned by John Alburgh (probably from Alburgh, between Harleston in Norfolk, and Bungay in Suffolk) or one of his close friends or relations. The Caesar Master's style is not typical of English manuscript illumination, and it has been suggested that he was a foreigner who came to work in England. The subject of the present miniature is very uncommon in English Books of Hours, but common in Dutch ones, suggesting that he may possibly have come into contact with Dutch books or book-makers during his early years.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: