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Abstract

The Suchtelen Hours is a fine example of artists working in the style of the Master of the Prayerbooks ca. 1500. The book is believed to have been produced in Bruges and owned by someone associated with the Franciscan order and the Utrecht diocese. The nine extant, full-page, highly detailed miniatures exhibit clarity of forms and a vivid color palette. Of particular interest are the border illuminations that appear either surrounding the miniatures or as strips running along the sides of the text. Illusionistic flowers, insects, and animals lend to the charm of the manuscript, and speak to the skill of the artist.

Hand note

One full-page miniature, fol. 124v

Decoration Note

Nine full-page miniatures on versos of inserted folios; twenty calendar illustrations; fourteen historiated initials (8 lines); illusionistic borders with flowers and wildlife throughout; liquid gold decorated initials; red and blue line fillers with gold decoration; rubrics in red; text in brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Shartrand, Emily

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

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. 307.


Miner, Dorothy. Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1949; cat. no. 136.


Spencer, E.P. Fruit and Flowers. Exhibition Catalogue, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1961. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1961; pp. 8, 19.


Diringer, David. The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production. Revised edition. NY: Philosophical Library, 1967; p. 452.


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. 390.


Wieck, Roger S. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. Exhibition Catalogue. Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery. NY: George Braiziller, 1988; pp. 119, 216, cat. no. 100, fig. 100.


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. 465-470, cat. no. 287.


As-Vijvers, Anne Margreet. "More than Marginal Meaning? The Interpretation of Ghent-Bruges Border Decoration." Oud-Holland: Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse kunstgeschiedenis 116 (2003): 3-33; pp. 14, 30.


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Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
Flemish
Miniature
Flanders
15th century
16th century
Devotion
Historiated initial
Painting

Origin Place

Bruges

Date

Ca. 1500

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Re-bound in seventeenth-century dark crimson leather with beveled edges, produced in France or Russia; black border with gilt foliate design, ribbed spine with same gilt design and initials "O. B. V."; gilt page edges, cast and pierced metal clasp that hinges from upper board

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Bruges; illuminated in style of Master of the Prayerbooks, ca. 1500; owner associated with Franciscan Order and Utrecht diocese

Rebound in seventeenth century in France or Russia

Russia, St. Petersburg, armorial bookplate engraved "Bibliotheca Suchtelen/ Aequa Mente"; name of library stamped on fol. 164v, nineteenth century

L.P. "Urusof" Ouroussoff, nineteenth-century Russian ex libris on front and back flyleaves "Omg. IV No. 12

A. Polovtsoff, Paris, November 14, 1910 sale to Cornuau, penciled note on flyleaf "Ravissant Manuscrit Flamand du XV Siecle"

Henry Walters, purchased from unknown seller between 1910 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search Suchtelen Hours W.176

Origin Place

Bruges

Date

Ca. 1500

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Bruges; illuminated in style of Master of the Prayerbooks, ca. 1500; owner associated with Franciscan Order and Utrecht diocese

Rebound in seventeenth century in France or Russia

Russia, St. Petersburg, armorial bookplate engraved "Bibliotheca Suchtelen/ Aequa Mente"; name of library stamped on fol. 164v, nineteenth century

L.P. "Urusof" Ouroussoff, nineteenth-century Russian ex libris on front and back flyleaves "Omg. IV No. 12

A. Polovtsoff, Paris, November 14, 1910 sale to Cornuau, penciled note on flyleaf "Ravissant Manuscrit Flamand du XV Siecle"

Henry Walters, purchased from unknown seller between 1910 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

The Suchtelen Hours is a fine example of artists working in the style of the Master of the Prayerbooks ca. 1500. The book is believed to have been produced in Bruges and owned by someone associated with the Franciscan order and the Utrecht diocese. The nine extant, full-page, highly detailed miniatures exhibit clarity of forms and a vivid color palette. Of particular interest are the border illuminations that appear either surrounding the miniatures or as strips running along the sides of the text. Illusionistic flowers, insects, and animals lend to the charm of the manuscript, and speak to the skill of the artist.

Hand note

One full-page miniature, fol. 124v

Decoration Note

Nine full-page miniatures on versos of inserted folios; twenty calendar illustrations; fourteen historiated initials (8 lines); illusionistic borders with flowers and wildlife throughout; liquid gold decorated initials; red and blue line fillers with gold decoration; rubrics in red; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Shartrand, Emily

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

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. 307.


Miner, Dorothy. Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1949; cat. no. 136.


Spencer, E.P. Fruit and Flowers. Exhibition Catalogue, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1961. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1961; pp. 8, 19.


Diringer, David. The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production. Revised edition. NY: Philosophical Library, 1967; p. 452.


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. 390.


Wieck, Roger S. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. Exhibition Catalogue. Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery. NY: George Braiziller, 1988; pp. 119, 216, cat. no. 100, fig. 100.


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. 465-470, cat. no. 287.


As-Vijvers, Anne Margreet. "More than Marginal Meaning? The Interpretation of Ghent-Bruges Border Decoration." Oud-Holland: Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse kunstgeschiedenis 116 (2003): 3-33; pp. 14, 30.


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
Miniature
Flanders
15th century
16th century
Devotion
Historiated initial
Painting
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