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

c. 1485
(Italian)
Sheet: 15.1 x 9.2 cm (5 15/16 x 3 5/8 in.)
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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.
Leaf from a Book of Hours: Annunciation, Nativity and Two Prophets

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

c. 1485

Master of Riccardiana 231

(Italian)
Italy, Florence, 15th century

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