W.225, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.225, Book of Hours, Latin (1475-1500 CE, Rouen, France)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W225/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.225

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1475-1500

Language(s): Latin, French

Use: Rouen

Country of production: France

City or region of production: Rouen

Illumination contents: Janus feasting, Aquarius, Warming by the fire, Pisces, Pruning, Aries, Couple seated in garden, Taurus, Couple riding a horse, Gemini, Scything, Leo, Reaping and bundling sheaves of wheat, Cancer, Threshing, Virgo, Trampling grapes, Libra, Sowing and woman with distaff, Scorpio, Gathering acorns, Sagittarius, Slaughtering pig, Capricorn, St. John the Evangelist, St. Matthew, St. Luke, St. Mark, Annunciation, Visitation, Virgin walking on road, Nativity, Adoration of the Shepherds, Annunciation to shepherds and shepherdess, Dance of shepherds and shepherdess, Adoration of the Magi, Three Magi before Herod, Presentation in the Temple, Sacrifice of Isaac, Flight into Egypt, Miracle of the Cornfield, Coronation of the Virgin, Assumption of the Virgin, Crucifixion, Pentecost, King David harping, Job on dungheap, Virgin and Child enthroned, Pièta with kneeling female owner

Text contents: Calendar, Gospel Sequences, Hours of the Virgin, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Penitential Psalms, litany, collects, Office of the Dead, Fifteen Joys of the Virgin, Seven Requests to our Lord

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: The manuscript’s original female owner is depicted in a donor portrait kneeling at the right of the Pietà on f. 114r. The female owner’s scale exceeds that of the Virgin as well as that of Sts. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene, emphasizing her prominence.

Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown

Patron: The original female owner is depicted in a donor portrait kneeling at the right of the Pietà on the last illuminated page of the book (fol. 114r). Marked prominence is given to this female worshiper as her scale exceeds that of the Virgin as well as SS. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene.

Materials: Medium-weight parchment, well-prepared; flyleaves are modern paper

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Rebound in Italy in the last quarter of the nineteenth century; dark blue morocco; sewn on four recessed cords; inscription on spine in gold read: “UFFIZIO / FRANCESE / MINIATO”

Folio height (in centimeters): 16.2

Folio width (in centimeters): 11.2

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