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The Master Of Guillebert De Mets, Philip The Good, And The Breviary Of John The Fearless

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In 1753, the British Museum acquired the summer half of a generously illustrated early fifteenth-century French breviary as part of the Harley collection. While the London breviary could have been broken into two halves by its original owner or owners, it was most likely a later one who commissioned the Master of Guillebert de Mets to decorate the first twenty gatherings in Harley 2897. In the nine and a half decades since Winkler's 1911 essay, scholars writing about the London breviary have focused almost exclusively on the book's lead illuminator, the wonderful eccentric whom Millard Meiss named the Master of the Breviary of John the Fearless after the London volumes. The more monumental figures, voluminous draperies, and deeper landscapes in Harley 2897, suggest that the seven miniatures by the Guillebert de Mets Master there were not painted before 1420, but rather in the 1420s or 1430s.

Keywords: Breviary of John; Master of Guillebert de Mets; Millard Meiss



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