|The Advanced Tutorial offers the possibility to explore more deeply the diverse textual and pictorial contents of Books of Hours. It draws extensively on one fundamental publication: Roger S. Wieck’s Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art, (New York, George Braziller, Inc. in association with The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1997, © by The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York). Painted Prayers is now out of print. We are therefore grateful to The Morgan Library & Museum for the permission to use here the content of Painted Prayers.
“What is a Book of Hours” presents the Introduction to Painted Prayers, along with a series of images and explanations that explore general issues of patronage and use of Books of Hours.
In “Structure of a Book of Hours” a chart shows the sections of standard text on the left and the usual theme of the miniatures accompanying them on the right. Click on the sections of text to read longer explanations of these textual sections from Painted Prayers.
In “Take the Online Tutorial” click on the “view image” link on the right in the chart to explore widely diverse pictorial solutions for each section of text. More than half the pictures come from Painted Prayers; others are from manuscripts in public and private collections throughout the world.