An intimate art : 12 books of hours for 2012 by Sandra Hindman, Ariane Bergeron-Foote, Christopher de Hamel

By Sandra Hindman, Ariane Bergeron-Foote, Christopher de Hamel

Books of Hours are essentially the most recognized of all medieval illuminated manuscripts. provided listed below are 12 Books of Hours that date from the origins of the style within the thirteenth century to its eclipse within the sixteenth century. Examples come from France, Italy and the Southern and northerly Netherlands and are via many outstanding artists, together with Pietro da Pavia, Belbello da Pavia, the Masters of Zweder van Culenburg, the Masters of the Gold Scrolls, Willem Vrelant, Guillaume tile Roy and Jean Poyer. a few are richly illustrated; others are extra modest. every one manuscript is entirely exact, providing an enthralling glimpse into the lives and preoccupations in their proprietors, the worries and contributions in their illuminators. The advent via Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi collage, Cambridge, underscores the intimacy’ of Books of Hours as a style. A group of individual students have contributed to the essays, bringing updated study to the undertaking that is helping situate every one manuscript within the latest scholarship. Comparative images of manuscripts in associations position those twelve Horae of their broader inventive and cultural contexts. Accompanying an exhibition held at Les Enluminures, long island, 2―25 might 2012

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327, Pentecost (6-line-high small miniature); f. 327v, Crucifixion with Mary and John before gold-scroll backdrop (6-line-high small miniature); f. 332v, Standing John Baptist in Landscape (6-linehigh small miniature); f. 333v, Paul standing before diapered ground (6-line-high small miniature); f. 334v, John the Evangelist standing before coped wall (7-line-high small miniature); f. 335, Andrew standing before gold-scroll backdrop (6-line-high small miniature); f. 335v, James Major standing before gold-scroll backdrop (6-line-high small miniature); f.

Otherwise unidentified, the original owner is represented twice in the manuscript, once with his wife on f. 65v and once alone on f. 105v (the full-page armorials on f. 3 are unfinished and were added, in any event, in the later fifteenth century). Our codex appears specifically to have been painted by one of the Masters of the Gold Scrolls who illuminated a Book of Hours in the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin (MS Grisebach 4; Achten 1980, cat. 48). One of the ten full-page subjects in the much less richly illustrated Berlin codex also occurs in our manuscript.

89 [ff. 86-89]; xiii8 (probably missing an inserted full page miniature before f. 90) [ff. 90-97]; xiv-xv8 [ff. 98-113]; xvi8 (probably missing an inserted full page miniature before f. 114) [ff. 114-121]; xvii8 [ff. 122-129]; xviii8 (probably missing an inserted full page miniature before f. 130, stub visible) [ff. 130-137]; xix8 [ff. 112-145]; xx-xxii8 [ff. 146-169]; xxiii6 [ff. 170-175], xxiv2 wants 2, excised after f. 176 [f. 176]), ruled in brown (single bounding lines, full across) for one column of 13 lines between two verticals and 14 horizontals (the Calendar ruled for 15 lines) (justification 78/79 x 49/50 mm), prickings visible in some margins, written in textura, capitals stroked with red, red rubrics, some red underlining in the Calendar, added texts on ff.

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