The fifteenth century represents both the high point of Flemish miniature painting and a turning point in the history of the medieval manuscript. The art of illumination enjoyed unprecedented success in the Burgundian Netherlands. From the accession of John the Fearless (1404) until the death of Mary of Burgundy (1482), skilled craftsmen, copyists, bookbinders and illuminators played a vital role in producing books of exceptional quality in wealthy cities like Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Valenciennes, Lille and Tournai.

This volume of essays aims to give an overview of the current state of the research and the new perspectives it offers. Under the joint leadership of the Manuscripts Department of Illuminare, the Study Centre for Medieval Art at the University of Leuven, the Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Institute for cultural Heritage this publication collects a series of studies that reflect the richness and artistic interactions in this unique period.

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