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    Book of Hours for Paris Use
France, probably Brittany, c. 1425
Willem Vrelant, active 1449 to 1481

Flight into Egypt. Interspersed among the colored miniatures of this Book of Hours is a series of pictures that are painted in gray with gold highlights. Called "grisaille" miniatures after gris, the French word for gray, they were painted by Willem Vrelant in Bruges about 1470. They were probably inserted by a nineteenth-century dealer seeking to spruce up the book.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Widener 5, fol. 46

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