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    AN APPEALING EXAMPLE OF A CLASSIC, ABSOLUTELY LOCALIZABLE PARISIAN BOOK OF HOURS

    Book of Hours (Use of Paris)
    In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
    France, Paris, c. 1500
    With 15 large and 10 small miniatures by an artist in the circle of the Master of the Paris Entries


    The striking full-page miniatures are all the work of one distinctive but as of yet unrecognized hand. It later belonged to the celebrated art collector and monumental bibliophile Sir Alfred Chester Beatty...

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    READING THE HOURS

    POST BY CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL


    This post takes a closer look at what’s in a Book of Hours, which is arguably the most important text of the late Middle Ages. This is why. If we are ever to understand social history of any period, we must go to what was known and used by the largest number of people at that time...

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    MONUMENTAL WORK BY A RARE AMIENS PAINTER DIRECTLY INFLUENCED BY FLEMISH PRIMITIVES

    Hours of Philippote de Nanterre (Use of Amiens)
    27 miniatures by the Master of Raoul d’Ailly and a collaborator
    France, Amiens, c. 1420s


    The haunting style of this painter merges Parisian courtly elegance with the northern realism of the Flemish primitives to pioneer a new form of pictorial representation...

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TREASURING THE MEDIEVAL PAST

What is a Book of Hours? How much does it cost? In this enlightening article featured in the Fall issue of Fine Books & Collections, Dr. Sandra Hindman talks about Books of Hours.

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An appealing example of a classic Parisian Book of Hours. Illuminated at the beginning of the age of print, it features some quirky oddities and less common prayers.

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