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Trinity Adored by the Choirs of Angels
Illuminated by the Master of Claude de France
Prayer Book of Queen Claude de France
France, Tours, ca. 1517
2 3/4 x 2 inches (69 x 49 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Alexandre P. Rosenberg in memory of her husband Alexandre Paul Rosenberg, 2008; MS M.1166 (fols. 24v–25)
Photography by Schecter Lee

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Claude de France had just been crowned queen of France when she received this prayer book. It is one of a pair of tiny manuscripts (the companion Book of Hours is in private hands) that the queen might have commissioned as a gift for herself. The work of an artist whose jewel-like style is the epitome of refinement, the queen's manuscripts are the finest creations by an illuminator called the Master of Claude de France. Shown here is the Trinity adored by choirs of angels. Surrounding the Trinity is a girdle with loosely tied knots—an emblem of Claude's husband, King François I. Framing a Trinity in which Christ appears as the pre-Incarnate Son, the girdle alludes to Claude's hopes for a fruitful marriage.

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