W.425, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.425, Prayer Book (fragment), Latin (1520-1530 CE, Brussels (?))

Holding institution classification: Incomplete prayer book

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W425/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.425

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1470-1580

Language(s): Latin


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Brussels?

Illumination contents: Feasting, Aquarius, Chopping Wood, Pisces, Yardwork, Aries, Lady with rosary talking to maid in garden, Taurus, Lady on white horse with two youths, Gemini, Three figures farming, Cancer, Two men reaping with sickles, Leo, Two men in barn, Virgo, Plowing, Libra, Crushing grapes, Scorpio, Slaughtering pig, Sagittarius, Snowball fight, Capricorn, Mass of St. Gregory, Monogram “H M” of original owner, Annunciation to one Shepherd, Visitation, St. Anne enthroned with Virgo lactans, Mass of St. Gregory, Sheaf of wheat within laurel wreath, King David Penitent, St. Michael, Virgin Mary bestowing milk on St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, Annunciation to the Shepherds, St. Margaret and the Dragon, St. Sebastian, St. Jerome, St. Catherine, St. Rochus, Flight into Egypt and falling idol, St. Andrew, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Christopher, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, God as Salvator Mundi

Text contents: Incomplete Calendar, Incomplete Hours of the Virgin, Incomplete Penitential Psalms, Suffrages, Prayer, Seven Verses of St. Gregory with Indulgence, Prayers to St. Augustine with reading instructions and suppliant specified as “.N.,” Prayer to the Holy Spirit, Rhyming Seven Joys of the Virgin

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: The original owner’s (or owner couple’s) monogram, “H M,” appears on f. 15r.

Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown; in the style of the Master of Charles V

Patron: Unknown; for owner or owner-couple with the monogram “H M” on fol. 15r

Materials: prepared medium-weight parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Rebound during the nineteenth century by Léon Gruel in Paris; black leather; modern sewing; sixteenth-century style designs on sides with red, brown, and green inlays framing gilded fillets; enamel oval plaques (3.5 x 2.6 cm) of Christ (upper board) and the Virgin (lower board) inlaid at center of upper and lower boards; spine rounded and backed, “GRUEL” in gold at tail-edge; modern endbands in blue, yellow, and red; modern gilded edges; two gold edge-pin fastenings and clasps at fore-edge

Folio height (in centimeters): 9

Folio width (in centimeters): 6.5

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