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Abstract

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.

Hand note

Probably different hand than rest of book

Decoration Note

Twenty-four small miniature calendar illustrations (2.1 x 2.1 cm); nineteen full-page miniatures (9 lines); decorated illuminated initials at text openings (5 lines) and at "K L" in calendar (3 lines); borders at major text openings; drolleries throughout on pages without borders; rubrics in red; text in brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Ransom, Allison

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour, and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 807, cat. no. 316.


D. Diringer, The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production, revised edition, New York, 1967, p. 448


Bowles, E. A., "A Checklist of Musical Instruments in Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery", Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 1976, p. 724-725.


W. Cahn and J. Marrow, "Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Yale: A Selection," Yale University Library Gazette, 1978, ref. under no. 78: Beinecke 287


H. Wolf, Kostbarkeiten flamischer Buchmalerei, Berlin, 1985, p. 36, fig. 43


B. A. Shailor, Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Binghampton, N.Y., 1987, p. 61


Owens, M.B., "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders", Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1987, p. 471.


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 3. Belgium, 1250-1530. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1989; pp. 480-486, cat. no. 290; figs. 541-543, pl. XLIIIb


“Table of Contents.” Calligraphy Review 9/1 (1991): 1-3; p. 2 (illus. of Flight into Egypt).


As-Vijvers, Margaret W. “More than Marginal Meaning? The interpretation of Ghent-Bruges Border Decoration.” Oud-Holland‬: tijdschrift voor Nederlandse kunstgeschiedenis‬ 116 (2003): 3-33; pp. 12 (fig. 8), 29, 30, 32. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


Marrow, James H. “Book of Hours in Latin: Flanders (Bruges), Use of Rome, ca. 1500. NYPL MA 118.” In The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library. Edited by Jonathan J.G. Alexander, James H. Marrow, and Lucy Freeman Sandler, 292-295. NY: New York Public Library (2005); p. 295 (ref. under cat. no. 65).


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Lower board outside

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Head

Tail

Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
Flemish
Grotesques
Miniature
Ornament
Painting
Flanders
15th century
16th century
Devotion

Origin Place

Bruges

Date

Ca. 1500 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Nineteenth- or twentieth-century re-binding from France by Léon Gruel; worn crimson velvet; rounded spine; white edgebead on endbands; gilt edges pre-Gruel

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created ca. 1500 CE in either Bruges or Ghent most likely for a female patron

Léon Gruel, Paris bookbinder and bookseller, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Gruel between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

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Origin Place

Bruges

Date

Ca. 1500 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created ca. 1500 CE in either Bruges or Ghent most likely for a female patron

Léon Gruel, Paris bookbinder and bookseller, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Gruel between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

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.

Hand note

Probably different hand than rest of book

Decoration Note

Twenty-four small miniature calendar illustrations (2.1 x 2.1 cm); nineteen full-page miniatures (9 lines); decorated illuminated initials at text openings (5 lines) and at "K L" in calendar (3 lines); borders at major text openings; drolleries throughout on pages without borders; rubrics in red; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Ransom, Allison

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour, and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 807, cat. no. 316.


D. Diringer, The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production, revised edition, New York, 1967, p. 448


Bowles, E. A., "A Checklist of Musical Instruments in Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery", Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 1976, p. 724-725.


W. Cahn and J. Marrow, "Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Yale: A Selection," Yale University Library Gazette, 1978, ref. under no. 78: Beinecke 287


H. Wolf, Kostbarkeiten flamischer Buchmalerei, Berlin, 1985, p. 36, fig. 43


B. A. Shailor, Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Binghampton, N.Y., 1987, p. 61


Owens, M.B., "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders", Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1987, p. 471.


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 3. Belgium, 1250-1530. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1989; pp. 480-486, cat. no. 290; figs. 541-543, pl. XLIIIb


“Table of Contents.” Calligraphy Review 9/1 (1991): 1-3; p. 2 (illus. of Flight into Egypt).


As-Vijvers, Margaret W. “More than Marginal Meaning? The interpretation of Ghent-Bruges Border Decoration.” Oud-Holland‬: tijdschrift voor Nederlandse kunstgeschiedenis‬ 116 (2003): 3-33; pp. 12 (fig. 8), 29, 30, 32. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


Marrow, James H. “Book of Hours in Latin: Flanders (Bruges), Use of Rome, ca. 1500. NYPL MA 118.” In The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library. Edited by Jonathan J.G. Alexander, James H. Marrow, and Lucy Freeman Sandler, 292-295. NY: New York Public Library (2005); p. 295 (ref. under cat. no. 65).


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
Flemish
Grotesques
Miniature
Ornament
Painting
Flanders
15th century
16th century
Devotion
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