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Loftie Hours

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Description This mid-fifteenth-century illuminated Book of Hours is written entirely in Dutch on fine parchment, and is remarkable for its eighteen grisaille miniatures. The technique, wherein the figures are modeled primarily in a gray wash, became a favorite in the Netherlands, and the hand behind the paintings in this manuscript has been identified with a group of artists known as the "Masters of the Delft Grisailles." This manuscript has been grouped with more than a dozen related works, including New York PML M. 349, London, Victoria and Albert Geo. Reid Ms. 32, Leiden B.P.L. 224, Brussels, BR 21696, Antwerp, Plantin Moretus Ms. 49, and The Hague K.B. Ms. 74 G 35. The manuscript is comprised of 152 folios and is almost completely intact, lacking only two miniatures, and retains its original brown leather binding decorated with mythological beasts and a now illegible inscription. The calendar is for the use of Utrecht, which helps localize its original ownership, as might a mostly erased ownership inscription that has been partially recovered. Good impressions of two circular pilgrim badges, now removed, are visible on fol. 112v.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Saints and Their Symbols. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1985-1986.
  • The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting. Rijkmuseum Het Catharijneconvent, Utrecht; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. 1989-1990.
  • The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Margriete rogm[arie?] ca. 1440-1450; Rev. W. J. Loftie (1839-1911) Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [Burlington Fine Arts Club Exhibition, catalogue no. 243, 1907-1908]; Acquired by Henry Walters from Leon Gruel, prior to 1931, no. 1164; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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mid 15th century
ink and pigments on thin to medium weight, clean white vellum, well surfaced on both sides, very few hair follicles show; miniatures on heavier parchment covered with binding; Binding: worn brown panel-stamped calf over boards, blind, probably fifteenth century; frame of double fillets enclosing to rectangular panel stamps, each 50 x 71 mm, of two files of three mythological beasts and grotesques, surrounded by an inscription in Gothic script (the inscription is illegible and the beasts not identifiable because of wear to the binding); sewn on four raised bands, rebacked; post-medieval brass catch and clasp; edges gilt
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H: 5 11/16 x W: 3 3/4 in. (14.5 x 9.5 cm)
  • Netherlands, Delft (Place of Binding)
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Not On View


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