Nov 12, 2015
Nov 12, 2015

Book of Hours (Use of Metz): Fol. 26v, Virgin and Child

Book of Hours (Use of Metz): Fol. 26v, Virgin and Child

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 1942.1514.26.b



This volume contains only one full-page miniature (opened here) of the Standing Virgin with Child. It introduces the prayer: "Holy Mary, faultless Lady, intercede for us..." The first seven folios of the book list dedications of Metz churches and indulgences which 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 (diocese of a bishop) and, therefore, the center of a growing book trade.

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