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Manuscript Overview
References
Bindings & Oddities

Abstract

This Book of Hours for Use of Rome was created by one of the followers of the Master of the Prayerbooks of Bruges ca. 1510. In 1577, it was acquired by Charles de la Porte, who commissioned its rebinding, and had the armorial shield of his family added to a decorated initial on fol. 136r. While the manuscript's illuminations are relatively spare in their renderings, they include a number of unusual details. The margins of the Crucifixion (fols. 17v-18r) and the beginning of the Devotional Sequence (fol. 140r) contain segmented borders divided by red and white tree trunks with peeling or "bleeding" bark, thus unifying the two sets of prayer. Also of note is the miniature depicting Pentecost, where Mary is shown kneeling in prayer. Decorated initials are present throughout the manuscript. This manuscript appears to have been used infrequently by its original owner, with limited dirt and wear on most of the pages.

Hand note

Littera batarda

Decoration Note

Five full-page miniatures; seven small miniatures (8 lines); illuminated margins around incipit pages for texts, with illusionistic architecture, flora and fauna, and jewels; large decorated initials introduce major texts (5 lines); small initials at secondary text divisions (2 lines); small decorated initials for versals (1 line); alternating red and orange line fillers in litany with gold foliate decoration; rubrics in dark red; text in black ink

Contributors

artist: Follower of Master of the Prayerbooks ca. 1500

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Mergen, Christopher

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bucca, Lauren

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbold, Rebekah

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Sedovic, Katherine

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. 810, cat. no. 330.


Bowles, Edmund A. "A Checklist of Musical Instruments in Fifteenth Century Illuminated Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery." Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 32, no. 4 (1976): 719-726; pp. 721, 723.


Owens, M.B. "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders." Ph.D. diss, University of Chicago, 1987: p. 474.


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, 1997; pp. 504-509, cat. no. 294.


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Keywords
Book of Hours
Flemish
Notable binding
Heraldry
Historiated initial
Miniature
Flanders
16th century
Devotion
Christian
Painting
Calligraphy

Origin Place

Flanders

Date

Ca. 1510 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Bound in sixteenth century in eastern France; dark brown calf; gold blocked and tooled, with central oval composed of wreath and foliated scrolls, with similar design on both front and back cover; spine contains gold-tooled inscription: "ANNO / CAROLUS / *DE*LA* / PORTE / SIT. VITA COMOE / DIA / 1577" (Let life be a comedy)

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created ca. 1510 by artist working in the Ghent-Bruges style of the Master of the Prayerbooks

Charles de la Porte, Artois and Picardy, his name and date, 1577, recorded on binding; armorial of de la Porte family likely added at this time on fol. 136r

Appears to have been sold to unknown buyer in seventeenth century; inscription of that period on back pastedown records cost of forty guilders and praise of illuminations in Dutch: "40 Gl Seer heerlyke Tykeninge"

Unknown owner ca. 1900; pencil inscription in Dutch on fol. 153r: "Wie oudheid minnaar is komt hier dit boekje kopen het schijnt slechts prulijen [?] maar... [?] doer het open"

Gruel and Engelmann collection, Paris, late nineteenth or early twentieth century; their bookplate on front pastedown inscribed "No. 67"

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchase from Gruel and Engelmann before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

<< return to search Book of Hours of the family de la Porte W.433

Origin Place

Flanders

Date

Ca. 1510 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created ca. 1510 by artist working in the Ghent-Bruges style of the Master of the Prayerbooks

Charles de la Porte, Artois and Picardy, his name and date, 1577, recorded on binding; armorial of de la Porte family likely added at this time on fol. 136r

Appears to have been sold to unknown buyer in seventeenth century; inscription of that period on back pastedown records cost of forty guilders and praise of illuminations in Dutch: "40 Gl Seer heerlyke Tykeninge"

Unknown owner ca. 1900; pencil inscription in Dutch on fol. 153r: "Wie oudheid minnaar is komt hier dit boekje kopen het schijnt slechts prulijen [?] maar... [?] doer het open"

Gruel and Engelmann collection, Paris, late nineteenth or early twentieth century; their bookplate on front pastedown inscribed "No. 67"

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchase from Gruel and Engelmann before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This Book of Hours for Use of Rome was created by one of the followers of the Master of the Prayerbooks of Bruges ca. 1510. In 1577, it was acquired by Charles de la Porte, who commissioned its rebinding, and had the armorial shield of his family added to a decorated initial on fol. 136r. While the manuscript's illuminations are relatively spare in their renderings, they include a number of unusual details. The margins of the Crucifixion (fols. 17v-18r) and the beginning of the Devotional Sequence (fol. 140r) contain segmented borders divided by red and white tree trunks with peeling or "bleeding" bark, thus unifying the two sets of prayer. Also of note is the miniature depicting Pentecost, where Mary is shown kneeling in prayer. Decorated initials are present throughout the manuscript. This manuscript appears to have been used infrequently by its original owner, with limited dirt and wear on most of the pages.

Hand note

Littera batarda

Decoration Note

Five full-page miniatures; seven small miniatures (8 lines); illuminated margins around incipit pages for texts, with illusionistic architecture, flora and fauna, and jewels; large decorated initials introduce major texts (5 lines); small initials at secondary text divisions (2 lines); small decorated initials for versals (1 line); alternating red and orange line fillers in litany with gold foliate decoration; rubrics in dark red; text in black ink

References

Contributors

artist: Follower of Master of the Prayerbooks ca. 1500

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Mergen, Christopher

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bucca, Lauren

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbold, Rebekah

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Sedovic, Katherine

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. 810, cat. no. 330.


Bowles, Edmund A. "A Checklist of Musical Instruments in Fifteenth Century Illuminated Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery." Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 32, no. 4 (1976): 719-726; pp. 721, 723.


Owens, M.B. "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders." Ph.D. diss, University of Chicago, 1987: p. 474.


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, 1997; pp. 504-509, cat. no. 294.


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
Flemish
Notable binding
Heraldry
Historiated initial
Miniature
Flanders
16th century
Devotion
Christian
Painting
Calligraphy
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