Virgin and Child

Master of Guillaume Lambert French

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The Master of Guillaume Lambert is one of three illuminators thought to have collaborated in a busy workshop headed by a scribe in late fifteenth-century Lyon. This page layout is typical of miniatures produced by the atelier: a central image surrounded on both sides by vertical piers containing sculpted figures of saints, with a horizontal band of large text running below. Although the original book of hours to which this leaf belonged is now dismembered, three other pages survive, indicating that it was a lavish production probably made on commission. The close-up, three-quarter-length depiction of the Virgin and child was widespread in French manuscript illumination of the period.

Virgin and Child, Master of Guillaume Lambert (French, Lyons, active 1480s), Tempera and gold leaf on parchment, French, Lyons

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