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Book of Hours


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Description Books of Hours, which contained daily prayers, were the jewels of manuscript production, so the creation of acceptable printed equivalents was challenging. Printing Books of Hours on parchment and employing artists to paint the images and initials by hand went a long way toward retaining the aura of preciousness and individuality found in their manuscript counterparts. The imagery in this book combines metalcut designs by Jean Pichore with the rich illumination of a painter known as the Gotha Master, resulting in a fascinating hybrid of hard printed lines and soft colorful brushstrokes.
Exhibitions
  • Book Arts in the Age of Durer. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 2000-2001.
  • Prayers in Code: Books of Hours from Renaissance France. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
  • From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2015.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1505 (Renaissance)
Medium
paint on metalcut print on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
91.614
Measurements
Overall closed: H: 8 15/16 × W: 5 9/16 × D: 1 7/16 in. (22.7 × 14.2 × 3.7 cm) Open H: 8 7/8 × W: 9 7/8 × D: 3 3/4 in. (22.6 × 25.1 × 9.5 cm)
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