Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

Portugal — 1495–1510

Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

Alternative Titles:
  • Mayer van den Bergh Brevier
  • Breviarium Mayer van den Bergh
  • Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh
  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology
Short Description

Although little is known about the history of this extraordinary Flemish manuscript from ca. 1510–15, its high quality and the instructions in Portuguese it contains point to King Emanuel I of Portugal as a possible patron or recipient. This masterpiece was purchased by the art dealer and collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh in 1898 for the enormous sum of 35,500 francs. The Mayer van den Bergh Breviary has survived to the present in remarkably pristine condition, indicating that it was little used and remained safely stored for most of the last 500 years. Its artistic program consists of about 80 miniatures including 36 full-page miniatures, 12 labors of the month in the calendar, 148 decorative borders, 9 historiated initials, and countless smaller initials. This splendor is the result of the collective efforts of some of the finest miniaturists of the Ghent-Bruges school including the Maximilian Master, Master of James IV of Scotland, Gerard Horenbout, and Gerard David.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Mayer van den Bergh Brevier
Breviarium Mayer van den Bergh
Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh
Origin
Portugal
Date
1495–1510
Illustrations
36 full-page miniatures, 12 illuminated calendar pages, 20 small miniatures, 9 historiated initials, 148 decorative borders
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Mayer van den Bergh Breviary“

The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh Facsimile

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The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Limited Edition
300 copies
Commentary
1 volume by Camille Gaspar, Martin Heckscher and E. M. Haynes
Language: English
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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