Dec 30, 2010

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Annunciation, Nativity and Two Prophets

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Annunciation, Nativity and Two Prophets

c. 1485

attributed to Master of Riccardiana 231

(Italian)

Tempera and gold on parchment

Sheet: 15.1 x 9.2 cm (5 15/16 x 3 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.280

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Did you know?

Peacocks were often used in medieval Christian art as a symbol of the resurrection and eternal life.

Description

This leaf came from a book of hours, a devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. They contained prayers that a devoted individual would use throughout the day. It has been estimated that 1 in 15 households owned a book of hours, although this luxurious example could only have belonged to an aristocratic household.

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