W.289, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.289, Book of Hours, Latin (1450-1475 CE, France (Poitiers ?))

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W289/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.289

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1425-1500

Language(s): Latin

Use:

Country of production: France

City or region of production: Poitiers?

Illumination contents: Crucifixion on Altar with Owner Portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross Before the Virgin, Meeting at the Golden Gate, Nativity and Bath of the Virgin, The Annunciation, Presentation in the Temple, Assumption of the Virgin, The Nativity, King David Penitent, Resurrection, Pentecost, Birth of St. John the Baptist, Coronation of the Virgin, Office of the Dead, Crucifixion, Baptism of Christ

Text contents: Calendar, Gospel Sequences, Prayer to Christ, Prayer on Seven Last Words of Christ, Prayer to the Virgin, Prayer to All Saints, Six Prayers to Christ, Psalms for Canonical Hours in Hours of the Virgin, Hours of the Virgin, Hours of the Conception of the Virgin, Office of the Nativity of the Virgin, Office of the Annunciation, Office of the Purification of the Virgin, Office of the Assumption of the Virgin, Office of the Nativity of Christ, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Collects, Office of Easter, Office of Pentecost, Office of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Office of All Saints, Office of the Dead, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Obsecro te, Prayers to Christ, Seven Verses of St. Bernard, Suffrages, O Intemerata, Prayer to the Virgin

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: The manuscript’s first female owner is portrayed on ff. 15r (at the opening of Psalms for the canonical hours in the Hours of the Virgin) and possibly 52r (at the opening of the Hours of the Conception of the Virgin). Her identity remains a mystery because her armorial shields in the initials from ff. 15r and 111v are effaced. The manuscript is also unique for its relatively large format, its two-column design, and the inclusion of several atypical offices and imagery.

Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: unknowm; The artistic style of the Bedford Master’s influence permeates most of the pictorial program in this manuscript.

Patron: Unknown; initial female owner is portrayed on fol. 15r. Her identity remains unrevealed as her armorial shields in the initials from fols. 15r and 111v are effaced.

Materials: Medium weight parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Rebound in Italy in late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century; faded olive green velvet; sewn on five straps; gilt edges

Folio height (in centimeters): 23

Folio width (in centimeters): 16.7

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