W.428, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.428, Book of Hours, Circle of the Master of the Prayerbooks, Latin (1500 CE, Bruges (?), Flanders)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W428/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.428

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1500

Language(s): Latin, Italian, Castilian Spanish


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Bruges?

Illumination contents: Warming before the Fire, Aquarius, Trimming branches, Pisces, Pruning espaliered tree, Aries, Falconer, Taurus, Man playing serenade, Gemini, Sharpening sickle, Cancer, Scything, Leo, Threshing, Virgo, Treading grapes, Libra, Sowing seed, Scorpio, Gathering acorns, Sagittarius, Singeing hog’s bristles, Capricorn, Salvator mundi, Crucifixion, Pentecost, Virgin and Child, St. John the Evangelist, St. Luke, St. Matthew, St. Mark, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Massacre of the Innocents, Flight into Egypt, Coronation of the Virgin, Bathsheba observed by King David, Raising of Lazarus, Pietà in initial O, Virgin and Child, Crucifixion

Text contents: Calendar, Suffrage to the Holy Face, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Mass of the Virgin, Gospel Sequences, Hours of the Virgin, Advent Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Petitions, Collects, Office of the Dead, Obsecro te, O Intemerata, Athanasian Creed, Two Added Prayers

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Ghent-Bruges school stylistically associated with the Master of the Prayerbooks,

Patron: AI, possibly created for female suppliant referred to in devotional sequence on fols. 199r-210v; initials “AI” (?) in border on fol. 26r

Materials: Parchment

Binding original?: Yes

Binding description: Bound by Ludovicus Bloc, documented in Bruges 1484-1529; wood boards covered by dark brown leather; sewn on four bands; blind-stamped panel on upper and lower covers with two vertical bands filled with spiraling vines forming four roundels inhabited by animals; framing fillets; bordering inscription signed Ludovicus Bloc; the inscription reads from the top and moving clockwise: “OB LAUDEM/XRISTI LIBRUM HUNC/RECTE LIGAVI/LUDOVICUS BLOC”; rebacked spine with four raised bands; modern endbands in green and pink silk; gilded edges gauffered in patterns of triple fillets; bindings signed by Ludovicus Bloc are preserved in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Acc. no. 63.146; Cambridge (England), St. John’s College, Acc. no. MS I.39; The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliothek, Ms. 78 G 2; Princeton, University Library, Garrett 63; Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, Ms. 7

Folio height (in centimeters): 9.6

Folio width (in centimeters): 6.8

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