Five Leaves from a Noted Breviary

Object Details


Five Leaves from a Noted Breviary






Northeastern Italy, Italy (Place created)


about 1420


Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

See more

See less

These leaves come from a breviary, a liturgical book that contains all the sung and spoken texts used in the Divine Office--the prescribed prayers recited by monks and nuns at set times of the day. Although the specific community of monks in northern Italy who originally used this manuscript is unknown, images of monks clothed in the black, hooded robes worn by members of the Benedictine order appear in many of the initials that decorate its pages.

Related Works

Sotheby's, London. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures [...]. June 24, 1986, pp. 22-25, lots 24-25, ill.

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), p. 174, no. 32, ill.

Kren, Thomas, and Kurt Barstow. Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005), pp. 36-37, ill.

Scott, Margaret. Fashion in the Middle Ages (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 65, 69, fig. 47.