The Hours of Isabella Stuart

The Madonna Master


The Madonna Master is named after the two images he contributed to this manuscript: the Apocalyptic Virgin (fol. 136v) and the Madonna in the Church (fol. 141v).

The only full-page miniatures in the volume, they are also the two illuminations that incorporate motifs from the Limbourg brother’s works and replicate their painting technique most successfully. The Madonna Master’s images are characterised by elegant restraint, calm introspection and sweet tenderness, all hallmarks of the International Gothic style. He painted freehand, without any underdrawing. This confidence, the fully blended pigments and the supple modelling of fabrics and faces suggest the hand of an experienced painter.