Ms. 7 (85.ML.27), J. Paul Getty Museum

Holding institution title: Hours of Simon de Varie

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Los Angeles, CA



Digitization status: Partially digitized

Date: 1455

Language(s): Latin


Country of production: France

City or region of production: Paris or Tours?

Illumination contents: Coat of Arms held by a woman, Virgin Mary and Christ Child enthroned, Owner portrait of Simon de Vaire kneeling in prayer, Coat of arms held by a woman and a greyhound, St. John the Evangelist, St. Luke, St. Matthew, St. Mark, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Flight into Egypt, Coronation of the Virgin, King David praying, St. Bernard in initial I, Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary’s Heart Pierced by a Sword in initial S, Pietà in initial D, Trinity enthroned in initial D, Assumption of the Virgin in initial G

Text contents: Calendar, Gospel Lections, Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, Verses of St. Bernard, Prayer to the Virgin: “Stabat mater dolorosa”, Prayer on the Seven Last Words of Christ, Prayer to Christ

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: A woman holding a coat of arms appears on f. 1r of the manuscript, and an owner portrait of Simon de Varie kneeling in prayer before the Virgin Mary and Christ Child appears on f. 2r. On f. 2v are another coat of arms held by a woman accompanied by a greyhound.

Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Jean Fouquet (French, born about 1415-1420, died before 1481), Dunois Master (French, active Paris, France until 1463), and Master of Jean Rolin II (Hand B) (French, active Paris, France last third of 14th century)

Patron: Simon de Varie (served in the French royal treasury under Charles VII)

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

Binding original?: Unknown

Binding description: Bound between pasteboard covered with red morocco with olive and citron morocco inlays

Folio height (in centimeters): 11.4

Folio width (in centimeters): 8.3

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