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Book of Hours

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Description This Book of Hours was produced in the early fourteenth century in northeast France. The contents of the calendar suggest a Use of Saint-Omer, which was in the diocese of Thérouanne. The presence of a female figure kneeling in prayer accompanying the Pentecost suggests that the manuscript was made for a female owner. The calendar contains marginal illumination with the labors of the months and the zodiac symbols. There are seven full-page miniatures depicting scenes from the book of Genesis, unusually contained within architectural settings. Twenty-four historiated initials, initials decorated with human heads, and an abundance of marginal figures makes this manuscript exceptionally charming.
  • 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.
  • Plants and Flowers in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
  • Daily Life in Medieval Books. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Medieval Mastery, Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold (Meesterlijke Middeleeuwen). Stedelijik Museum Vander Kelen-Mertens, Leuven. 2002.
  • Beasts on Parchment: Picturing Animals in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010-2011.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
  • Animal Tales. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2019.
Provenance Unknown Spanish owner (?) [1], 17th century. Unknown owner with monogram "J. L.", France (?), 2nd half 19th century [2]. Acquired by Lionel Harris, London, late 19th-early 20 century; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Inscription on back flyleaf: "252 fojas escritas" [2] Monogram added to the cover after rebinding
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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early 14th century
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 5 1/8 × W: 3 11/16 in. (13 × 9.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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