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Vienna Book of Hours

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Description This book of hours was written in German in Vienna, Austria, ca. 1460-65. It is one of a series of manuscripts commissioned at the court of Emperor Frederick III of Austria (1415-1493), some of which were made for his son, Prince Maximilian (1459-1519). The name of the artist is unknown, but due to his connection with these commissions, he is known as the Master of the Maximilian Schoolbooks. Unfortunately, only three of the original sixteen full-page, richly painted miniatures remain in this manuscript, but ten of the missing folios have been identified. Nine cuttings are in the Musee Bonnat, Bayonne, France (inv. nr. 1244-1252), and one cutting is in the Cleveland Museum of Art (Dudley P. Allen Fund Accession 1959.40). Other related manuscripts include Vienna, Nationalbibliothek Codicies 2368, 2617, and 2289.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Book Arts in the Age of Durer. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 2000-2001.
  • Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006.
Provenance Probably commissioned by a member of the court of Emperor Frederick III of Austria (1415-1493) for his son Prince Maximilian (1459-1519), Vienna, Austria, ca. 1460-65, with illuminations by the Master of the Maximilian Schoolbooks; Bernard Quaritch, London, 1910, [mode of acquisition unknown, no. 238]; C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, November 28, 1912, by purchase [Auction CX]; Jacques Rosenthal, Munich, 1928 [Catalog 90, no. 196] and 1929 [Catalog 91, no. 6], by purchase; Sale, H. P. Krauss, New York, 1959, [Catalog 88, no. 14]; Walters Art Museum, 1959, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1959

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ca. 1460
ink and pigments on medium-weight, clean, cream-colored parchment, well finished between white goatskin over wooden boards and two woven clasps with metal fittings; previous binding eighteenth-century green silk over heavy pasteboard (now housed separately)
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Folio:H: 6 5/8 × W: 4 5/8 in. (16.8 × 11.8 cm) Closed Book H: 6 3/4 × W: 5 3/16 × D: 2 15/16 in. (17.2 × 13.2 × 7.4 cm)
  • Austria, Vienna (Place of Origin)
  • USA, Maryland, Baltimore (Place of Binding)
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