Ms. saints' lives; written and illuminated in Bruges, Belgium, between 1445 and 1460.
Translated from Latin into French by Jean de Vignay.
The manuscript was planned for two volumes, but was originally bound into three volumes; it is now divided into five volumes, four at the Pierpont Morgan Library, and one (Mâcon MS 3) at the Bibliothèque municipale (Mâcon, France); additionally, one leaf from the manuscript now known as Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.672 is in the Musée Marmottan, Paris (Wildenstein Collection MS 197); the four at the Pierpont Morgan Library (with the number of leaves they contain) are: Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.672 (124 leaves, plus 4 paper and 2 parchment fly leaves); Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.673 (145 leaves (Index of Christian art database: 146 leaves), plus 4 paper and 2 parchment fly leaves); Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.674 (127 leaves (Index of Christian art database: 138 leaves), plus 4 paper and 2 parchment fly leaves); and Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.675 (155 leaves, plus 4 paper and 2 parchment fly leaves). MS M.672-674 are foliated continuously.--Cf. PML files.
The text is a variation of the c. 1333 Jean de Vignay translation of Jacapo de Voragine's Legenda Aurea. It is incomplete in M.672-5. The text concerning Saint Crisant, ending on fol. 155v of M.675, and the remaining chapters continue in a fifth volume, Mâcon, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 3.
Scribe: in the style of David Aubert.
Artist: attributed to a group of artists, the principal of which are Guillaume Vrelant, the Maître de la vraie cronicque descoce, the Sapience Master, and the Master of the Harley Froissart; additional participation by the Master of Margaret of York, Loyset Liédet, and the Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation.
Three Bruges artists, Willem Vrelant, Loyset Liédet and Philippe de Mazerolles, were previously identified as having executed a number of miniatures throughout M.672-5 (Cf. PML files). These attributions have been challenged by Jean Marden Caswell in her dissertation and her 1993 article (listed below). Caswell has identified at least ten hands at work in these volumes that also appear in another manuscript, Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, MS 9234. She groups these artists as the "Chroniques II Workshop", named after the Brussels manuscript, the second volume of three containing the Chroniques de Hainaut.
Decoration: grisaille painting. M.672 (31 large miniatures, approx. 15 lines; 52 decorated initials); M.673 (36 large miniatures, approx. 15 lines; 56 decorated initials); M.674 (40 large miniatures, approx. 15 lines; 63 decorated initials); M.675 (36 large miniatures, approx. 15 lines; 62 decorated initials).
Morgan-Mâcon Golden Legend