W.189, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.189, Book of Hours

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W189/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.189

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1480-1490

Language(s): Latin, Flemish

Use: Bruges (Calendar), St. Riquier (Office of the Dead)

Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Bruges?

Illumination contents: Trinity enthroned, Crucifixion, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Massacre of the innocents, Flight into Egypt, Coronation of the Virgin, David penitent, Funeral service, Virgin lactans enthroned

Text contents: Calendar, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Virgin, Advent Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Collects, Office of the Dead, Mass of the Virgin, Added Prayers

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Master of the Black Prayerbook and circle of Willem Vrelant

Patron: Owner connected to Bayeux and Flanders

Materials: Thin to medium-weight parchment, thicker for inserted illuminated leaves; standard preparation, parchment grimed from use; gilt edges; first two folios cropped at lower right corners

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Flemish, sixteenth-century brown leather binding over oak boards with wide chamfer at outer edges; modern repairs to spine; sides impressed in blind with panel stamps with the same design on both covers; St. John the Baptist preaching with seated woman and man on each side; dog seated on ground at front seen from back; St. Michael vanquishing devil; four peasants dancing at the center of the cover separate the saints’ portraits; remains of green and crimson silk in tailband; former fastening at center fore-edge is now missing; panels with SS. John the Baptist and Michael are also on a Flemish Book of Hours in the Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique (iv 315), and a Greek Evangeliary in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Suppl. grec. 175)

Folio height (in centimeters): 16.8

Folio width (in centimeters): 12.2

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