Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

c. 1440

Part of a set. See all set records

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 14.2 x 9.4 cm (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

Bequest of Julia Morgan Marlatt 1942.1514

Fun Fact

It is believed that medieval men and women read their books of hours aloud, not silently.

Description

The first seven folios of this book list dedications for Metz churches and indulgences that are unique to that diocese. The city of Metz, situated on the Moselle River, was the cultural and commercial capital of Lorraine during the 1400s. It was also the location of an important bishopric and therefore the center of a growing book trade.

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