MASTER OF THE LUBECK BIBLE
(active probably in Ghent, c. 1490-1520)
Entry into Jerusalem, Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, Betrayal and Arrest (225 x 160 mm.)
Flanders, Ghent or Bruges, c. 1500-1510
This unusual illumination comes from a Prayerbook made in Flanders attributed to the Master of the Lübeck Bible and his workshop. Named for his work on the Lübeck Bible, a Bible printed in 1494 by Setphan Arndes at Lübeck, this German (?) artist was long known as a woodcut designer. He worked in Flanders often in the Ghent-Bruges style of the Master of the Prayerbook of Maximilian and the Master of the Dresden Prayerbook, with whom he sometimes collaborated. He is one of the team who worked on the famous Spinola Hours painted in Ghent or Bruges around 1515. Twelve sister leaves have so far come to light from the same manuscript; the presence of Spanish text on the reverse of some of the leaves depicting saints, and some uniquely Spanish saints, points to a Spanish patron.