Dec 13, 2006

Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain

Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain

c. 1500

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Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian and Associates

(Flemish, c. 1444-1519)

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Codex: 23.5 x 17.3 x 4.8 cm (9 1/4 x 6 13/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1963.256

Did you know?

Isabella’s book of hours may have in its margins one of the first depictions of a daffodil in manuscript painting.


The original owner of this exquisite book of hours was Queen Isabella of Spain, who sponsored Christopher Columbus's exploratory voyage to the Americas. Eventually this book found its way to the New World and was acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1963.


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