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Book of Hours

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Description This richly illuminated Book of Hours was produced ca. 1460 in Bruges by an artist in the circle of Willem Vrelant, whose work was influenced by the Masters of the Gold Scrolls and Master of the Beady Eyes. Allusions to the order of Franciscans and Augustinians in the litany and calendar, and the prominent depiction of female saints in the All Saints miniature (fol. 293r) indicate that the book was originally created for a female patron, possibly connected to one of these orders. Much of the existing scholarship on the book's twenty-two full-page miniatures has focused on the depictions of angelic musicians, such as those found on fol. 278v. Also of interest is the presence of multiple pilgrimage badge impressions on the final folio (fol. 295v).
Date Description Narrative
9/05/2014Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation; splits mended
  • Death and Dying in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, late 19th-early 20th century; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Inscription] In pencil on front flyleaf recto: MR577
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1460
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 4 13/16 × W: 3 7/16 in. (12.2 × 8.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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