High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Flemish Miniatures for England
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Flemish Miniatures for England

(Maurits Smeyers) The Low Countries - 1995, № 3, pp. 240-250

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In 1479 the King of England, Edward IV, paid a merchant called Philip Maisertuell ‘for certaine boks by the said Philip to be provided to the kyngs use in the partees beyond the see'. The King' s commission had been for the purchase of manuscripts in Flanders. His interest stemmed from a long tradition, for one of the striking aspects of Flemish miniature painting in the late Middle Ages was the connection with England — to the extent that a thorough survey could be written just using those codices which were sent there or which were produced as a result of commissions from England. The English public showed a lively interest in Flemish manuscripts and Flemish miniaturists were appreciated in that country.

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