Books of hours are the most common surviving form of the medieval book and are as diverse as the patrons who commissioned them. Beginning in the mid-thirteenth century, they flourished as part of a rich array of devotional works used to frame the temporal structure of a community’s spiritual lives. In keeping with individual spiritual and aesthetic preferences, books of hours were often customized to appeal to the particular purchaser, and they vary greatly through time and from region to region.
This diminutive and comparatively austere book of hours (Use of Rome) appears to have been produced near Bruges between about 1460 and 1470, possibly influenced by the prolific illuminator Willem Vrelant. Written in Latin in a skilled Gothic Italic Rotunda hand, the book lacks a calendar and miniatures of any kind, nor is there any evidence that any were ever present.
- Books of hours--Belgium--Early works to 1800
- Catholic Church--Liturgy--Texts--Early works to 1800
- Catholic Church--Prayers and devotions--Latin--Early works to 1800
- Hammer, Christian, 1818-1905
- Virgin, Thore, 1886-1957
Types of material
- Books of hours