Book of Hours

Object Details

Title:

Book of Hours

Artist/Maker:

Georges Trubert (French, active Provence, France 1469 - 1508)
Workshop of Jean Bourdichon (French, 1457 - 1521)

Culture:

French

Place:

Provence, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1480–1490

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with red velvet

Object Number:

Ms. 48

Dimensions:

Leaf: 11.5 × 8.6 cm (4 1/2 × 3 3/8 in.)

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A popular devotional tool, books of hours contain a cycle of prayers and meditations focusing on the Virgin Mary for laypersons to recite at various times of day. Artists personalized the books to suit the requirements and interests of individual patrons. This book, for example, contains two miniatures that allude to specific paintings owned by King René I of Anjou.

Eight full-page and six half-page miniatures, as well as numerous historiated initials, decorate this book of hours. The manuscript represents some of the earliest known work of Georges Trubert, who served King René at his court in Provence in the 1480s. Another artist in the book worked in a style common to artists active to the north, in the Loire valley. In general, all three of the book's illuminators explored diverse ways to make painted objects appear palpable and three-dimensional against the flat page, sometimes by creating a trompe-l'oeil effect.

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