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This small but richly illuminated Book of Hours was made ca. 1300-10 for the Use of Liège. The manuscript was created for a woman, likely a Beguine living in Huy, and inscriptions indicate it continued to be used in that region by another family into the seventeenth century. The number and variety of illuminations in the manuscript are remarkable given its small size, for it contains fourteen extant full-page miniatures, twenty-four calendar images, eleven extant large historiated initials, 188 small historiated initials, and countless marginal drolleries. Although an early rebinding resulted in the loss or rearrangement of several folios, this manuscript remains a fine example of the richness and intimacy of a Book of Hours from this period.

Hand note

Calendar: textura; main text: rounded textura, with major medial pauses marked by punctus elevatus, and final pauses by punctus; ownership entries on fols. 1v-2r written in cursive in gray-brown ink


Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Grollemond, Larisa

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Izer, Emily

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail


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Vandenbroeck, Paul, et al. Le jardin clos de l'ame: L'imaginaire des religieuses dans les Pays-Bas du Sud depuis le 13e siècle. Brussels: Martial et Snoeck, 1994, p. 8 (fol. 93).

Śnieżyńska-Stolot, Ewa. "Das ptolemäische Weltbild und die mittelalterliche Ikonographie." Weiner Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte 46/47 (1993/1994): 699–713.