Adoration of the Shepherds.

France (Paris?), c. 1500. Single leaf, 110 x 105 mm, hand painted miniature heightened in gilt, very fine. A large cutting from a Book of Hours or Choirbook. Mary and Joseph adore the infant Jesus within an enclosure of masonry combining Gothic (Middle Ages) and Classical (Roman) features. The shepherds join in their adoration from the far side of a low wall. Behind them are bushes, rolling countryside and a distant tower. Above them an angel holds a scroll bearing the message: Gloria In Excelsis Deo, the whole within a gold frame. The Style combines primary colors in the characters’ garments but modeled in various tones, with a variety of naturalistic shades in the landscape and foreground. The tentative attribution to Paris is based upon the more fluid and softer style as compared to that used in, for example, Rouen or Tours, which witnessed a large, end of century upsurge in miniature painting under the inspiration of Jean Bourdichon and Jean Poyet, both of whom used stronger outlines and a more liberal use of liquid gold. The painter of this Adoration does not use a known model and is original in the way the figures are distributed in both Gothic and Classical ruins. (Item Id: 108656)

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