Portraits in golden frames: a Spanish testimonial to the far-reaching influence of Flemish book illumination with enchanting landscapes

Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"

Spain — End of the 15th century

Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"

Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"

Spain — End of the 15th century

  1. This Spanish collection of portraits demonstrates the wide reach of Flemish art

  2. Floral ornamentation combines with a variety of colors into a true orgy of the senses

  3. The codex's landscapes in golden frames are particularly worthy of note

Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"

Alternative Titles:
  • Regla de la Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón
  • Regla de Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón
  • Regeln der Bruderschaft "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

The Rule of the Brotherhood “Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón” in the archives of the Burgos Cathedral impressively shows the effect of Flemish illumination as far away as Spain. The manuscript’s pages of miniatures and text are sumptuously littered with magnificent ornamentation, splendid gold, and the most wonderful miniature painting. Originating in the year 1494, it is closely associated with the name of Bishop Luis de Acuña y Osorio, who worked in Burgos and was a close counsellor of Isabella I of Castile. His portrait adorns the book, as well as impressive representations of the Lamentation of Christ or of the Three Kings before the Christ child.

Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"

The Rule of the Brotherhood “Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón” in the archives of the Burgos Cathedral impressively shows the effect of Flemish illumination as far away as Spain. The manuscript’s pages of miniatures and text are sumptuously littered with magnificent ornamentation, splendid gold, and the most wonderful miniature painting. Originating in the year 1494, it is closely associated with the name of Bishop Luis de Acuña y Osorio, who worked in Burgos and was a close counsellor of Isabella I of Castile. His portrait adorns the book, as well as impressive representations of the Lamentation of Christ or of the Three Kings before the Christ child.

Flemish Miniature Painting from Spain

The broad, ornate frames are the all-encompassing characteristic of the manuscript with the Rule of the Brotherhood “Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón”. They wrap themselves around the miniature and the beginnings of the texts. Floral ornamentation in a fascinating mesh combines with a variety of colors into a true sensual orgy. First discernable upon closer look are the grotesque figures, angels, and animals that populate the overwhelmingly ornamental pages of the manuscript. Armorial initials with lavish gold adorn the pages additionally. Especially worthy of note are the miniatures in slender gold frames. The Flemish style of these miniatures catches the eye immediately. Particularly beautiful, for example, is the landscape in the miniature of the Lamentation. Green hills stretch as far as the walls of a city. The four evangelist symbols adorn the broad decorative frame around the miniature.

Echoes of the Flanders School

The artistic furnishing of the Rule of the Brotherhood “Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón”combines the characteristics of the most famous and beautiful manuscripts of the 14th and 15th centuries. The look of the exuberant decorative frames and the atmospheric miniatures make one think of the great artworks of the miniaturists of Bruges of Ghent. The artist of the Rule of Burgos distinctly oriented himself on the Flanders school and was a true connoisseur of this art.

Bishop Luis de Acuña as the Commissioner?

Nevertheless, the content and language is a bit outdated for the time of creation at the end of the 15th century. Bishop Luis de Acuña y Osorio, whose tomb can be found in the Burgos Cathedral, is depicted in a portrait. He was one of the most influential personalities with connections to Isabella I of Castile, whose close counselor he was. The manuscript with the Rule of the Brotherhood “Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón” is housed today in the archives of the Burgos Cathedral, where true gems of illumination are found. It offers the wonderful opportunity to get to know the art of Flemish illumination, already influenced through the coming of the Renaissance in Italy, in its Spanish implementation.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Regla de la Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón
Regla de Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón
Regeln der Bruderschaft "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón"
Origin
Spain
Date
End of the 15th century
Language

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Regla de Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
Rule of the Brotherhood "Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón" – Catedral de Burgos (Burgos, Spain)
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Regla de Nuestra Señora de la Creaçón

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Siloé, arte y bibliofilia – Burgos, 2001
Limited Edition
898 copies
Binding
Leather
Commentary
1 volume
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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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