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Book of Hours of Catherine of Clèves, The Holy Family at Work, c. 1440

From the Collection of Joan Cadden

The Holy Family at Work. 92. From the Book of Hours of Catherine of Clèves, containing the prayers and litanies of the Mass in Latin, decorated with 157 lavishly colored and gilded illuminations by the Dutch artist, the Clèves Master, c. 1440, in Gothic style. It may be the greatest achievement of northern European illumination. North Rhineland.


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  • 7.6 - The geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe

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