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

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


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