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Abstract

This book of hours was produced ca. 1510-1520 for a member of the Catalonian Almugavar (or Almogàver) family, whose coat of arms appears throughout the manuscript in the borders of the lavish full-page miniatures. There are twenty-six full-page polychrome miniatures (three are missing), of which six were removed from the original quire structure after portions of the miniatures were excised, and then returned to the manuscript, having been pasted onto heavy card-stock folios. There are also eighteen full-page incipits, of which three include historiated vignettes, and numerous folios with elaborate floral motif borders. A significant number of feast days associated with Barcelona help reinforce the Spanish attribution of the manuscript, although the style of the decoration is clearly influenced by contemporary Flemish design.

Hand note

Textura

Decoration Note

Twenty-six full-page polychrome and gilded miniatures and eighteen full-page incipits, all with floral ornament and some with biblical scenes, bust-portraits of prophets, and/or drolleries; numerous folios decorated with floral-motif borders; coat of arms of Almugavar family appears regularly in the borders of the full-page miniatures; decorated initials marking subdivisions of text (one to two lines) are gilded, along with floral motifs, against red or blue square or rectangular backgrounds; rubrics in red ink or gilded against polychrome background; major feast days in red ink; text in brown ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dennis, Nathan S

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

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, 1935, p. 808, no. 322.


Randall, Lilian M. C. "From Cîteaux Onwards: Cistercian-Related Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery." Studies in Cistercian Art and Architecture 3 (1987): pp. 111-136, p. 135, no. 28.


Wieck, Roger S., ed. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. 2nd ed. New York; Baltimore: George Braziller in association with the Walters Art Museum, 2001, p. 224, cat. no. 118.


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Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
Spanish
Miniature
Ornament
Spain
16th century
Devotion
Textura
Heraldry

Origin Place

Catalonia (?), Spain

Date

1510-1520 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Rebound in the nineteenth century (ca. 1835 according to de Ricci) with reddish brown morocco; blind-tooled and stamped with gold; upper and lower boards include gilded bands of feathers along outer edges; central octagonal space is occupied by floral motifs and framed by blind-tooled beaded guilloché roll and three gilded fillets; Gothic arches and stars project from the corners of the central frame; blind-tooled groups of four vertical lines and gilded floral motifs extend between the arches; spine divided into three rectangular frames, of which the upper and lower depict birds and stars framed by floral motifs, and the central frame includes two Gothic windows with stars; rope-cord design separates the individual frames; fore-edge decorated with gilded spear-head and flower roll; inner-board edges decorated with gilded tulip and bud motif

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Produced for the Amulgavar family of Catalonia ca. 1510-1520; Amulgavar coat of arms appears throughout

Owned by Viscount Joseph de Ayala in the eighteenth century

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search Almugavar Hours W.420

Origin Place

Catalonia (?), Spain

Date

1510-1520 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Produced for the Amulgavar family of Catalonia ca. 1510-1520; Amulgavar coat of arms appears throughout

Owned by Viscount Joseph de Ayala in the eighteenth century

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This book of hours was produced ca. 1510-1520 for a member of the Catalonian Almugavar (or Almogàver) family, whose coat of arms appears throughout the manuscript in the borders of the lavish full-page miniatures. There are twenty-six full-page polychrome miniatures (three are missing), of which six were removed from the original quire structure after portions of the miniatures were excised, and then returned to the manuscript, having been pasted onto heavy card-stock folios. There are also eighteen full-page incipits, of which three include historiated vignettes, and numerous folios with elaborate floral motif borders. A significant number of feast days associated with Barcelona help reinforce the Spanish attribution of the manuscript, although the style of the decoration is clearly influenced by contemporary Flemish design.

Hand note

Textura

Decoration Note

Twenty-six full-page polychrome and gilded miniatures and eighteen full-page incipits, all with floral ornament and some with biblical scenes, bust-portraits of prophets, and/or drolleries; numerous folios decorated with floral-motif borders; coat of arms of Almugavar family appears regularly in the borders of the full-page miniatures; decorated initials marking subdivisions of text (one to two lines) are gilded, along with floral motifs, against red or blue square or rectangular backgrounds; rubrics in red ink or gilded against polychrome background; major feast days in red ink; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dennis, Nathan S

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

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, 1935, p. 808, no. 322.


Randall, Lilian M. C. "From Cîteaux Onwards: Cistercian-Related Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery." Studies in Cistercian Art and Architecture 3 (1987): pp. 111-136, p. 135, no. 28.


Wieck, Roger S., ed. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. 2nd ed. New York; Baltimore: George Braziller in association with the Walters Art Museum, 2001, p. 224, cat. no. 118.


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
Spanish
Miniature
Ornament
Spain
16th century
Devotion
Textura
Heraldry
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