Medieval Book of Hours Leaf - Elegant Initial


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 16 lines of ruled gothic batarde script, written in Latin with dark brown ink, on animal vellum. Rubrics (headings) in red.(134 x 90mm).

One two-line illuminated initial in deep blue with intricate red penwork tracery extending into the margin.            

 Northern France or Flanders, c. 1450.

This leaf contains a prayer to Jesus Christ confessing sins of pride, envy and anger, and asking for  God's mercy and prayers from angels and archangels.  The two-line illuminated ''D'' begins the prayer:   ''Domine...''(Lord Jesus Christ...).

Books of Hours are personal prayer books of a devout and status-conscious society and are not only works of art, but cultural documents of their time.  They reveal a unique combination of sacred and secular imagery - made of the finest materials, by the best craftsmen, for a small audience that could both appreciate and afford them.

Shipped in archival 14x11'' mat.


  • Inventory# IM-10988
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