Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

Portugal — 1495–1510

Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

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Description
Mayer van den Bergh Breviary

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.

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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
Previous Owners
Martin Heckscher
Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin
Frits Mayer van den Bergh
H. Wareham Harding

Available facsimile editions:
The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh
Limited Edition: 300 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh

The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh
The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Limited Edition: 300 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Camille Gaspar, Martin Heckscher and E. M. Haynes
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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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