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Illuminiated Prayer Book

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Description This prayer book was written in Dutch ca. 1475. It is notable for its full-page miniature introducing the prayers, which represents a clock containing the crown of thorns, centered between the names of Christ and the Virgin in gold and blue. Reference to the mystical meaning of the clock is found in the manuscript, which contains Henry Suso's text of the clock of the eternal wisdom.
  • The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
Provenance Aert de Cort and Elizabeth de Cort, 16th century [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Adolfo E. Schramm, 19th century [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1994, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation, 1994

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ink and pigments on finely finished thick parchment bound between wooden boards covered with brown calfskin
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 6 5/16 × W: 4 5/16 in. (16.1 × 11 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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