Ms. 37 (89.ML.35), J. Paul Getty Museum

Holding institution title: Prayer Book of Charles the Bold

Holding institution classification: Prayer Book

Holding institution location: Los Angeles, CA



Digitization status: Partially digitized

Date: 1444 – 1515

Language(s): Latin


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Antwerp and Ghent

Illumination contents: Owner portrait of Charles the Bold presented by St. George, St. Veronica holding veil, Virgin Mary and Christ Child, Owner portrait of Charles the Bold presented by St. George, Virgin Mary and Christ Child, Trinity, Archangel Michael, Beheading of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, Christ appearing to St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul, St. Andrew, Christ appearing to St. James major, Last Supper, St. Stephen, St. Christopher, St. Sebastian, St. Lawrence, St. Anthony, St. Martin, St. Gatian, St. Fiacre, St. Hubert, St. Europe, All Saints, Virgin Mary and Christ Child with St. Anne, Noli me tangere, St. Catherine, St. Margaret, St. Apollonia, St. George, Owner portrait of Charles the Bold presented by an angel, Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, Betrayal of Christ, Christ before Pilate, Flagellation of Christ, Christ Carrying the Cross, Crucifixion, Descent from the Cross, Entombment of Christ, Mass of St. Gregory, St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Avia, St. Elizabeth, St. Barbara, St. Geneviève, St. Mary of Egypt

Text contents: Prayer to the Holy Face, Prayer to the Virgin, Prayer to the Virgin: “Gaude flore virginale”, Prayer to the Trinity, Prayer to St. Michael, Prayer to St. John the Baptist, Pryer to St. John the Evangelist, Prayer to Sts. Peter and Paul, Prayer to St. Andrew, Prayer to St. James the Greater, Prayer to the Apostles, Prayer to St. Stephen, Prayer to St. Christopher, Prayer to St. Sebastian, Prayer to St. Lawrence, Prayer to St. Anthony, Prayer to St. Martin, Prayer to St. Gatian, Prayer to Sts. Fiacre and Houpdée, Prayer to St. Hubert, Prayer to St. Eutrope, Prayer to All Saints, Prayer to St. Anne, Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene, Prayer to St. Catherine, Prayer to St. Margaret, Prayer to St. Apollonia, Hours of the Cross, Passion according to St. John, Suffrages

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: Owner portraits of Charles the Bold appear on ff. 1v (with St. George), 5r (with St. George), and 68r (with an angel).

Scribe: Nicholas Spierinc of Ghent (Flemish, active 1455-1499); in the 1480s, a series of additional prayers with miniatures by a French illuminator was added to the volume

Illuminator: Lieven van Lathem of Antwerp and workshop (Flemish, about 1430-1493) and the Vienna Master of Mary of Burgundy and workshop (Flemish, active about 1470-about 1480); in the 1480s, a series of additional prayers with miniatures by a French illuminator was added to the volume

Patron: Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy (and son of bibliophile Philip the Good; saw many of his father’s unfinished book commissions through to completion). This prayer book is one of the rare commissions Charles initiated himself.

Materials: Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, silver paint, and ink on parchment

Binding original?: Unknown

Binding description: Bound between wood boards covered with purple velvet

Folio height (in centimeters): 12.4

Folio width (in centimeters): 9.2

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