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Book of Hours

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Description This beautifully bound Book of Hours was completed in Bruges ca. 1490. The illuminator's style was influenced by the Master of Edward IV, active ca. 1470-90, and followers. The manuscript includes twelve full-page miniatures and twenty-five small miniatures, along with sacred and secular marginalia and some illusionistic borders. While the sheer volume of miniatures is remarkable, the decoration program as a whole only strengthens the manuscript's impact. Select marginalia motifs reinforce the compositional motifs of the miniatures; see fols. 25v and 26r for Passion motifs.
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Making Music in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • The Art of Fine Binding in the Renaissance. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
  • Music in Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Unknown owner, Italy, ca. 1546 [1]. Acquired by Leo S. Olschki, Florence [2]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912 [3]; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Effaced inscription, on fol. 1r, Rome; Italian entry beneath dated Nov. 1, 1546, reading, "A.Q.D.C.R. Addi pmo novembr .M.D. xlvi in Ra" [2] On front pastedown, "45" and inventory number "31457". [3] Invoice number 45, see Walters archives.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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ca. 1490
ink and pigments on parchment bound between wooden boards covered with crimson velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 5 13/16 × W: 4 1/8 in. (14.7 × 10.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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