W.420, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.420, Almugavar Hours, Latin (1510-1520 CE, Catalonia (?), Spain)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W420/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.420

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1485-1545

Language(s): Latin


Country of production: Spain

City or region of production: Catalonia?

Illumination contents: Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, Resurrection of Christ, Ascension of Christ, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Coat of Arms, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Coronation of the Virgin, Christ among the Doctors, Office of the Dead, Christ emerging from tomb with the Arma Christi and saints, Virgin Enthroned, Sts. Benedict and Bernard, Sts. Onuphrius and Mary of Egypt, Sts. Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua, St. Michael with St. Raphael and Tobias, Guardian angels, St. Sebastian with St. Anne instructing the Virgin and Child, St. George and the Dragin, Sts. Catherine and Eulalia of Barcelona, Sts. Mary Magdalene and Margaret with the Dragon, Sts. Jerome and Anthony, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Sts. Christopher and Helena, St. Veronica holding veil with the Holy Face, Three Crosses of Calvary

Text contents: Calendar, Magnificat and Four Psalms, Hours of the Virgin, Mass of the Virgin, Gospel Lesson of John, Office of the Dead, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Prayers, Obsecro te, Athanasian Creed, Suffrages, Salve Sancta Facies (Prayer to the Holy Face), Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown; influenced by contemporary Flemish design.

Patron: member of the Catalonian Almugavar (or AlmogĂ ver) family in Catalonia

Materials: Parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Rebound in the nineteenth century (ca. 1835 according to de Ricci) with reddish brown morocco; blind-tooled and stamped with gold; upper and lower boards include gilded bands of feathers along outer edges; central octagonal space is occupied by floral motifs and framed by blind-tooled beaded guilloché roll and three gilded fillets; Gothic arches and stars project from the corners of the central frame; blind-tooled groups of four vertical lines and gilded floral motifs extend between the arches; spine divided into three rectangular frames, of which the upper and lower depict birds and stars framed by floral motifs, and the central frame includes two Gothic windows with stars; rope-cord design separates the individual frames; fore-edge decorated with gilded spear-head and flower roll; inner-board edges decorated with gilded tulip and bud motif

Folio height (in centimeters): 18.9

Folio width (in centimeters): 12.9

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