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Abstract

This illuminated manuscript is a document of the first importance in the history of Dutch manuscript illumination and contains an important medieval Dutch devotional text. The Tafel van den Kersten ghelove is a compendium of Christian knowledge written by a learned Dominican, Dirc van Delf. The text is in two parts, one for winter, one for summer. This manuscript is of the winter part and is incomplete, omitting the prologue and chapters 13, 14, and 35-57. The arms of the Bavarian counts of Holland and the kneeling owner on fol. 1r indicate that this manuscript was the actual copy prepared for the dedicatee of the text, Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Holland, from the original text of his chaplain, and is therefore to be dated to 1404 at the latest, when Albrecht died. The manuscript contains 165 folios and thirty-five historiated initials.

Hand note

Written in Gothic bookhand; instructions to the rubricator in tiny noting hand found in columns in the gutter (e.g. fols. 43r, 52v-53r, and 81r); possible second hand found on the last folio of text (fol. 165r) in a more angular version of the same script

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Marrow, James

Cataloger: Devine, Alex

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dutschke, Consuelo

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Daniels, L. M., ed. Meester Dirc van Delf, O.P.: Tafel van den Kersten Ghelove. 3 vols. Antwerp: Neerlandia, 1937-1939.


Rickert, Margaret. "The Illuminated Manuscripts of Meester Dirc van Delf's Tafel van den Kersten Ghelove." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 12 (1949): 78-108, figs. 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 25, 26.


Miner, Dorothy. "Manuscript Exhibition." Bulletin of the Walters Art Gallery 4, no. 6 (1952): 2-3.


Walters Art Gallery. The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1962, pp. 70-71, no. 67, pl. 43.


Lane, Barbara Greenhouse. "The Development of the Medieval Devotional Figure." PhD diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1971, p. 181, fig. 210 (fol. 1r).


University Art Gallery, Notre Dame, Indiana. Medieval Art, 1060-1550: Dorothy Miner Memorial. Indiana: Notre Dame University, 1974, no. 22.


Marrow, James H., Henri L. M. Defoer, Anne S. Korteweg, and Wilhelmina C. M. W├╝stefeld. The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting. New York: George Braziller, 1990, pp. 33-34, no. 4.


Marrow, James H. As Horas De Margarida De Cleves. Lisboa: Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, 1995, pp. 14, 46-47, figs. 2, 8.


Priem, Rob, et al. The Hours of Catherine of Cleves: Devotion, Demons, and Daily Life in the Fifteenth Century. New York: The Morgan Library and Museum, 2009, pp. 218-19, no. 39.


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Keywords
Christian
Dutch
Theology
Netherlands
Historiated initial
Heraldry
15th century

Origin Place

Utrecht, Netherlands

Date

1400-1404 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Red velvet over pasteboard; bound by Gruel in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Dutch; Flemish.

Provenance

Albert, Duke of Bavaria and Count of Holland

Gruel and Engelman collection, Paris, no. 93, before 1931

Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

← search Duke Albrecht's Table of Christian faith (winter part) W.171

Origin Place

Utrecht, Netherlands

Date

1400-1404 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Dutch; Flemish.

Provenance

Albert, Duke of Bavaria and Count of Holland

Gruel and Engelman collection, Paris, no. 93, before 1931

Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This illuminated manuscript is a document of the first importance in the history of Dutch manuscript illumination and contains an important medieval Dutch devotional text. The Tafel van den Kersten ghelove is a compendium of Christian knowledge written by a learned Dominican, Dirc van Delf. The text is in two parts, one for winter, one for summer. This manuscript is of the winter part and is incomplete, omitting the prologue and chapters 13, 14, and 35-57. The arms of the Bavarian counts of Holland and the kneeling owner on fol. 1r indicate that this manuscript was the actual copy prepared for the dedicatee of the text, Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Holland, from the original text of his chaplain, and is therefore to be dated to 1404 at the latest, when Albrecht died. The manuscript contains 165 folios and thirty-five historiated initials.

Hand note

Written in Gothic bookhand; instructions to the rubricator in tiny noting hand found in columns in the gutter (e.g. fols. 43r, 52v-53r, and 81r); possible second hand found on the last folio of text (fol. 165r) in a more angular version of the same script

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Marrow, James

Cataloger: Devine, Alex

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dutschke, Consuelo

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Daniels, L. M., ed. Meester Dirc van Delf, O.P.: Tafel van den Kersten Ghelove. 3 vols. Antwerp: Neerlandia, 1937-1939.


Rickert, Margaret. "The Illuminated Manuscripts of Meester Dirc van Delf's Tafel van den Kersten Ghelove." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 12 (1949): 78-108, figs. 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 25, 26.


Miner, Dorothy. "Manuscript Exhibition." Bulletin of the Walters Art Gallery 4, no. 6 (1952): 2-3.


Walters Art Gallery. The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1962, pp. 70-71, no. 67, pl. 43.


Lane, Barbara Greenhouse. "The Development of the Medieval Devotional Figure." PhD diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1971, p. 181, fig. 210 (fol. 1r).


University Art Gallery, Notre Dame, Indiana. Medieval Art, 1060-1550: Dorothy Miner Memorial. Indiana: Notre Dame University, 1974, no. 22.


Marrow, James H., Henri L. M. Defoer, Anne S. Korteweg, and Wilhelmina C. M. W├╝stefeld. The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting. New York: George Braziller, 1990, pp. 33-34, no. 4.


Marrow, James H. As Horas De Margarida De Cleves. Lisboa: Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, 1995, pp. 14, 46-47, figs. 2, 8.


Priem, Rob, et al. The Hours of Catherine of Cleves: Devotion, Demons, and Daily Life in the Fifteenth Century. New York: The Morgan Library and Museum, 2009, pp. 218-19, no. 39.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Christian
Dutch
Theology
Netherlands
Historiated initial
Heraldry
15th century
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