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Frontispiece of Book IX by Valère Maxime

Guillaume Vrelant (Atelier de)

Frontispiece of Book IX by Valère Maxime - Atelier de Guillaume Vrelant

c. 1470
illumination on parchment
Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris
© Manuscrit 5196, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

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The artist

Guillaume Vrelant, born in Utrecht, was known to be in Bruges from 1454 onwards where he died around 1481-1482. He probably went there to sidestep a 1427 law which banned the sale of Utrecht images. A painter very much in vogue, he founded the Illuminators' Guild in Bruges under the patronage of St. John the Evangelist.