"[Illuminated Leaf]", Hardouin, Gilles
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1526 (published)
Publication: Horae B.V.M. Secundumusum Romanvorn
Color: Hand Color
3.8 x 6.5 inches
9.7 x 16.5 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.
Fine vellum leaf printed in Gothic textura type with illuminated capitals within the text and illustrated panels that are iron engravings. On the verso is a large engraving of Christ on the cross. This is from a Book of Hours printed by Gilles Hardouin, one of the most prominent early printers of Paris.