W.282, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.282, Book of Hours, Latin (1440-1450 CE, Bruges(?))

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W282/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.282

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1440-1450

Language(s): Latin, French

Use: Rome (Hours of the Virgin)

Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Bruges?

Illumination contents: Heraldry, Virgin of the Litanies with kneeling male owner portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross, Pietà, St. Florentius, St. Christopher, Crucifixion, Pentecost, Virgin and Child Enthroned, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Massacre of the Innocents, Flight into Egypt, Death of the Virgin, Last Judgment, Office of the Dead

Text contents: Calendar, Hours of the Immaculate Conception, Prayer of Indulgence for 11,000 years, Prayer Attributed to St. Bernard, Two Prayers, Seven Verses of St. Gregory with Indulgence, Suffrages, Communion Prayers, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Mass of the Virgin with Gospel Sequences, Hours of the Virgin, Advent Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Petitions, Invocations, Collects, Office of the Dead, Three Prayers to the Virgin, Prayer to the Virgin and Christ in Latin and French, Seven Joys of the Virgin, Additions (sixteenth century), Prayer to Christ (added in the fifteenth century)

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: Owner portrait (male) of Jean of Ricaumez depicted kneeling before the Virgin of the Litanies on f. 7r. Additional owner portraits (male and female, Jean of Ricaumez and his wife Catherine of Barbenchon) on f. 14r kneeling before an image of St. Florentius. The book was inherited by the couple’s son, Christopher of Ricaumez, who likely added several texts illustrated by an artist from Rouen c. 1500. The book contains the ex libris of Jean of Ricaumez an his wife, Catherine of Barbenchon. Their French inscription on the back pastedown promises good wine to the finder of the book if lost.

Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Illuminated in the style of Masters of the Gold Scrolls; additions by a Rouennais artist c. 1500

Patron: The manuscript’s first owner was possibly Barbe de Feuru, whose signature is found on the front pastedown. The book contains the ex libris of Jean of Ricaumez and his wife, Catherine of Barbenchon; their French inscription on the back pastedown promises good wine to the finder of the book if lost. The book was inherited by their son, Christophe of Ricaumez, who likely added several texts illustrated by a Rouennais artist c. 1500.

Materials: Parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Belgium or France, ca. 1900; crimson velvet over wooden boards; spine format indicates an attempt at rounding and backing; endbands of red and yellow silk (tailbands of red and tan silk) are worked with edge-bead around rolled core, possibly slightly earlier than covers; gilt edges, worn; two catches and clasps, hinged from lower cover, modern; green silk ribbon marker

Folio height (in centimeters): 21.1

Folio width (in centimeters): 15.8

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