Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination fron Philadelphia Collections
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Book of Hours for Rome Use (Collins Hours)
Belgium, possibly Bruges, c. 1445-50
The Master of the Collins Hours, active 1430s to 1440s

The Nativity. In this illustration of the Nativity for the hour of Prime (about 6:00 a.m.), the Christ Child, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and a handmaiden are pictured in a well-designed stable. The border surrounding the miniature is occupied by adoring shepherds. The artist, the Master of the Collins Hours, is named after his work in this manuscript. His illumination combines French and Flemish styles and shows great ingenuity.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband. 1945-65- 4, fols. 73v-74

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