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Virgin and Child

Master of Guillaume Lambert (French, Lyons, active 1480s)
ca. 1485
French, Lyons
Tempera and gold leaf on parchment
5 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (13.4 x 8.2cm); Miniature: 4 9/16 x 2 3/8 in. (11.6 x 6.1 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Below the miniature on the recto are the opening words of the Obsecro te: "Obsecro te d[omi]na s[an]c[t]a m[ater] mari[a]."

Verso: dei pietate plenissima...quando tibi per
Bourgeois collection, Paris; private collection, England. Acquired by Robert Lehman as a gift, probably in the 1960s.
Sandra Hindman, Chicago, Mirella Levi D'Ancona, Pia Palladino, and Maria Francesca Saffiotti. "Illuminations." Robert Lehman Collection. IV, New York, 1997, pp. 40-45, no. 5.

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