Miniature of The Annunciation to the Shepherds. 1511 Hours leaf


Printed Book of Hours leaf, 1511


Verso:  A finely detailed, full page woodcut with elaborate borders including putti, of The Annunciation to the Shepherds.  The main figure pauses from playing his bagpipes to gaze heavenwards to the angel bearing a banderole with the words Gloria in altissimus Deo (Glory to God in the highest).  The scene is completed with other shepherds, their dogs and sheep and a small farm hut.  The Latin text below the miniature reads: 

Deus in adiutorium meum intende.  Domine ad adjuvandum me festina.  Gloria patri & filio

(O God, come to my assistance.  O Lord, make haste to help me.  Glory be to the father and to the son.)


Recto:  As Verso with text in Latin and a number of other small engravings including a monkey, grotesques and fallen angels being sent to the underworld. 


Origin:  Paris, France.  Printed by Gilles & Germain Hardouyn.  Use of Rome.


Date: 1511


Condition:  The leaf is in very good condition, clean and with full margins.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 175x115 mm. Size of miniature: approx. 135x100 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately.  Australia $22.50. Overseas, ask for quote.


Notes:  The popularity of the "Medieval bestseller" - the Book of Hours -  did not wane after the invention of print; in fact, the advent of movable type made Books of Hours more affordable and widely available than ever.  Germain Hardouyn was a printer active in Paris from 1500 to 1541, who worked in tandem with his brother Gilles Hardouyn. The Hardouyns’ workshop dominated the market of printed Books of Hours.  Together or separately, the two brothers furnished the Paris market and the provinces with a large number of impressions of printed Books of Hours, producing at least two or three editions per year.

Item No:  PSA106

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