Manuscripts known as “books of hours” were among the most widely produced and used during the Middle Ages. These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers (over a day, a year, and a lifetime) but their creation reveals an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion. Featuring masterpieces of medieval illumination from the permanent collection, this exhibition offers glimpses into the daily lives of devout readers, the material features of luxury manuscripts, and the thriving late medieval book market.
Michelle P. Brown
Revised by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale and Nancy K. Turner