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The Limbourg brothers were famous Dutch artists, born in the late 1300's. Their father was a wood carver, or sculptor. He died when the boys were about 10-12 years old, and their mother sent them to live with her brother, their uncle who was a painter. While they were in their early teens they were apprenticed to a goldsmith in Paris. Two of the boys were captured and held for ransom when they tried to return to their home in Nijmegen. Their mother didn't have the money to pay, so Philip the Bold paid the ransom. Shortly thereafter he made a four year contract with the boys for them to illustrate a Bible for him. They went to work for Jean de Berry. He wanted them to make paintings for a book called Book of Hours. Some say it may be the most valuable book in the world. On the pages of the book which had words on them, the scribe, the person writing the text, would leave a blank space around the text. Then the artist would richly decorate the borders of each page with ornate filigree and designs. Today the original pages are in a museum in Chantilly in France, but people rarely see the original. All three brothers died in the same year, 1416. They were probably victims of the plague, a disease that killed many people at that time. They had not completed the Book of Hours, but other artists finished the project.