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Manuscript Overview
References
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Abstract

Illustrated Books of Hours in Greek are extremely rare. This example is also of interest because its miniatures show interaction between the Late Byzantine and Gothic artistic styles. It may have been copied on the island of Crete, which in the fifteenth century was ruled by Venice.

Text Note

Fols. 1r–64v: Matins; fols. 65v–75v: Prime; fols. 77v–92r: Terce; fols. 93r–105v: Sext; fols. 106v–119r: None; fols. 119r–134r: Typika; fols. 134v–143r: Refectory; fols. 144r–157v: Vespers; fols. 158v–205v: Compline; fols. 206v–233v: Nocturns; fols. 234r–250v: Saturday Nocturns; fols. 251r–260r: Canon at the Separation of the Soul from the Body

Hand note

One hand throughout; the scribe did not sign this manuscript, but he can be identified, through palaeographic comparison, with a Nicholas who copied the present Ms. Vatic. gr. 1143 in 1449 CE

Decoration Note

Seventeen full-page miniatures; light pen-drawn ornamental headpieces, headbands, and initials throughout; rubrics in red; text in brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Parpulov, G.R. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 71-189, at pp. 126-131


Ševčenko, N.P. "The Walters' Horologion." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 45-59


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Keywords
Horologion
Byzantine
Miniature
Greece
Devotion
Book of Hours
15th century
Christian
Original binding

Origin Place

Eastern Mediterranean

Date

Mid-15th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Greek, ca. sixteenth-seventeenth century; green patterned silk (now very worn and soiled) over flush-grooved wooden boards; paper pastedowns (probably added later); raised endbands; flat spine; traces of clasps on the back cover

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Provenance

Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

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Origin Place

Eastern Mediterranean

Date

Mid-15th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Provenance

Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Illustrated Books of Hours in Greek are extremely rare. This example is also of interest because its miniatures show interaction between the Late Byzantine and Gothic artistic styles. It may have been copied on the island of Crete, which in the fifteenth century was ruled by Venice.

Text Note

Fols. 1r–64v: Matins; fols. 65v–75v: Prime; fols. 77v–92r: Terce; fols. 93r–105v: Sext; fols. 106v–119r: None; fols. 119r–134r: Typika; fols. 134v–143r: Refectory; fols. 144r–157v: Vespers; fols. 158v–205v: Compline; fols. 206v–233v: Nocturns; fols. 234r–250v: Saturday Nocturns; fols. 251r–260r: Canon at the Separation of the Soul from the Body

Hand note

One hand throughout; the scribe did not sign this manuscript, but he can be identified, through palaeographic comparison, with a Nicholas who copied the present Ms. Vatic. gr. 1143 in 1449 CE

Decoration Note

Seventeen full-page miniatures; light pen-drawn ornamental headpieces, headbands, and initials throughout; rubrics in red; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Parpulov, G.R. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 71-189, at pp. 126-131


Ševčenko, N.P. "The Walters' Horologion." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 45-59


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.

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Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Horologion
Byzantine
Miniature
Greece
Devotion
Book of Hours
15th century
Christian
Original binding
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