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Book of Hours


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Description This fragmentary Book of Hours was created in Ghent ca. 1300 for the use of a woman with Dominican ties. Although quite a bit of text and imagery is missing, including the calendar and Office of the Dead, this tiny manuscript is lavishly decorated on nearly every page with marginal drolleries and grotesques, making it a rich and charming book even in its fragmentary state.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/01/1958Treatmentother
6/26/1984Treatmentstabilized
Exhibitions
  • God's Minstrel: St. Francis of Assisi. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
  • Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Bookish Business: Henry Walters and Leon Gruel. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
Provenance Gruel and Engelmann Collection, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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Period
early 14th century (Gothic)
Medium
ink and pigments on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with green velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.85
Measurements
Folio H: 2 11/16 × W: 1 7/8 in. (6.8 × 4.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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