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The Visitation, from a Book of Hours

A work made of manuscript with 230 folios, 12 full-page miniatures and other decorations in gold leaf, tempera and colored inks, and littera textualis inscriptions in latin and french in dark black ink, ruled in red with red rubrics, on parchment, with two parchment fly leaves upper cover, three parchment fly leaves lower cover, sheets with gilded edges, in modern binding of brown morocco leather over wooden boards.
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  • A work made of manuscript with 230 folios, 12 full-page miniatures and other decorations in gold leaf, tempera and colored inks, and littera textualis inscriptions in latin and french in dark black ink, ruled in red with red rubrics, on parchment, with two parchment fly leaves upper cover, three parchment fly leaves lower cover, sheets with gilded edges, in modern binding of brown morocco leather over wooden boards.

Date:

c. 1440-1445

Artist:

Workshop of the Master of the Ghent Privileges
Flanders (Ghent or Tournai, active 1430s-1460s)

About this artwork

Books of Hours were the most popular book of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; more of them were produced from c. 1250–1550 than any other type of book, devotional or otherwise. This example has been attributed to the workshop of the prolific Master of the Ghent Privileges, and characteristically ornaments a sequence of prayers and devotional reading to be recited at precisely set times of the day and night. Images such as this tender scene of the encounter between the Virgin and her cousin Saint Elizabeth, both miraculously with child, helped introduce the different segments of the Hours of the Virgin, the core section of all Books of Hours.

Status

On View, Gallery 237

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master of the Privileges of Ghent and Flanders

Title

The Visitation, from a Book of Hours

Place

Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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1440–1445

Medium

Manuscript with 230 folios, 12 full-page miniatures and other decorations in gold leaf, tempera and colored inks, and littera textualis inscriptions in Latin and French in dark black ink, ruled in red with red rubrics, on parchment, with two parchment fly leaves upper cover, three parchment fly leaves lower cover, sheets with gilded edges, in modern binding of brown morocco leather over wooden boards

Dimensions

Book: 19 × 13.5 cm (7 1/2 × 5 3/8 in.); Sheets: 11.5 × 10 cm (4 9/16 × 3 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Reference Number

1915.538

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