Grimani-Breviary, Bruges (?) ca 1510

Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, Cod. lat.I, 99 (2138) fol. 9v

The composition shows the painter’s fondness for closely perceived details. The models of courtly gothic book illumination have been slightly changed by a new, charming realism. One of the characteristics of the period is the window like frame decor of gilt Gothic woodcarving, similar to that of altar pieces. In the frame of our September picture two putti are playing with stilts. The Grimani Breviary, containing 110 full-page miniatures and abundant marginal décor with spread flowers, vine tendrils and animals, became one of the most renowned prayerbooks of the time.