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Book of Hours
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Book of Hours

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Description This manuscript was created ca. 1500 in Bruges or Ghent, and was influenced by the Master of the Prayerbooks, the Master of the Dresden Prayerbook, and the Master of the David Scenes in the Grimani breviary. It was likely made for a female patron with Franciscan affinity, as suggested by the contents of the calendar. The book is heavily illuminated with nineteen miniatures, marginalia on pages without miniatures, and twenty-four calendar illuminations, the latter including zodiac signs paired with illustrations of the labors of the month. Miniatures show detailed interior spaces with Renaissance architectural elements and proportional figures.
Date Description Narrative
5/19/2014Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation; splits mended
2/26/2017Treatmentexamined for exhibition; media consolidation
  • The Four Seasons. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Outdoor Space in Medieval Book Illumination. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1990.
  • Plants and Flowers in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
  • Manuscript Illumination in Flanders. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • Travel in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
  • Medieval Writing and Calligraphy. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993-1994.
Provenance Gruel and Engelmann; Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1500
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 3 11/16 × W: 2 9/16 in. (9.4 × 6.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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