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Hours of Pastor Denys
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Hours of Pastor Denys

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Description This early fifteenth-century Book of Hours was created for a woman's use in Bruges or Ghent. Although her name, as well as subsequent earlier owners are unknown, its first folio bears the later ownership inscription of Pastor Denys, ca. 1700. The early addition of texts and prints, as well as the later removal of some prints and miniatures, reveal it was well used and modified for different tastes over many centuries. The surviving eleven full-page miniatures and historiated initial still retain their rich, vibrant colors, and their contrast with the remaining uncolored print shows the variety of visual elements that could be enjoyed together in a medieval book.
  • Royalty in Medieval Miniatures. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
Provenance Pastor Denys, ca. 1700 [1]. Léon Gruel and Engelmann, Paris, late 19th or early 20th century [2]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest. [1] Inscription on fol. 1r [2] Bookplate on inside upper board, no. 98
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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early 15th century
ink and pigments on cream-colored medium weight parchment bound between cardboard covered with purple velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 6 5/16 × W: 4 1/2 in. (16 × 11.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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