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Book of Hours

Material Type: Uncategorized — Posted on October 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm


In the Middle Age, in order for wealthy patrons to worship as the monks did in their monasteries, but in a more abbreviated form that suited their secular lives, they commissioned Books of Hours, filled with texts, prayers, psalms and accompanying pictures.  These pictures were often sumptuous, and  no more so than in The Book of Hours of Mary of Burgundy, Codex Vindobonensis 1857, produced in Flanders in the 1470s and now housed in Vienna in the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek.  There are beautiful historiated initials, decorated borders and full-page miniatures executed in gold, ink and tempura throughout the manuscript.  For a sampling of 26 of these works search under Hours of Mary of Burgundy on DASe


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