The Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile

One of the most refined scattered borders are found in the breviary that Francisco de Rojas, ambassador to the Emperor Maximilian I presented in c. 1497 to Queen Isabella of Castile. Some of the best Bruges artists collaborated on the decoration of this manuscript including Gerard David, the so-called Master of the Dresden Prayerbook, and the Master of James IV of Scotland.

Here is my attempt to copy one of the border motifs, a branch of a rosebush on folio 139. The manuscript has not yet been published on-line, therefore I cannot provide a link for comparison, but I will up-date this post as soon as the manuscript appears on the Digitized Manuscripts. In the meantime check out Moleiro website for the 2010 facsimile http://www.moleiro.com/en/books-of-hours/the-isabella-breviary.html.

Rose, inspired by 'The Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile' (Breviary, Use of the Spanish Dominicans), British Library, Additional 18851

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