Book of Hours

The Master of the Dresden Prayer Book


Active mainly in Bruges c.1465-1515, the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book was one of the most innovative and influential Flemish illuminators. He is named after another Book of Hours (Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek, MS A. 311). He contributed only one image to the Fitzwilliam’s Book of Hours – the Agony in the Garden (fol. 15r). It exemplifies his mature work, typified by the integration of the main image and historiated border into a seamless narrative, and the varied palette with striking colour juxtapositions.