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Medieval Bestseller: The Book of Hours

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Books of Hours were bestsellers for over 300 years in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In conjunction with the Premiere Presentation Painted Prayers: Books of Hours from the Morgan Library, Roger S. Wieck will unravel the mysteries of these spiritual guides.

You'll learn about their dazzling paintings, which range from Bible scenes to fanciful borders, and their carefully copied Latin texts, which include psalms, prayers, gospel lessons, and petitions for the souls of the dead.

Wieck will also describe how Books of Hours played a key role in the cult of the Virgin and how they reflect the late medieval obesession with death and the fiery perils of the afterlife.

About Roger S. Wieck
Roger S. Wieck is curator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Pierpont Morgan Library, which owns the finest collection of Books of Hours in the United States. He is the author of Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art, as well as Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life and The Hours of Henry VIII: A Renaissance Masterpiece by Jean Poyet.

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