"[Book of Hours Leaf]", Hardouin, Gilles
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1510 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
4 x 6.2 inches
10.2 x 15.7 cm
This leaf is from the brief transitional period when the new technology of printing with movable type was combined with the more labor intensive methods of hand painting. The earliest printers were trained in the manuscript tradition and incorporated the conventions of historiated initials and illustrations into their early work. At first they left those spaces blank for the illuminator to complete entirely by hand. Later they developed printing methods (using woodcuts or iron engravings) to decorate the leaves.
This vellum leaf is from an early printed a Book of Hours. The initials were hand painted with red, blue and gold and the border was drawn with liquid gold and red ink.