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A portable devotional book of 38 leaves issued in small quarto format. It consisted of a title page and 36 woodcuts illustrating the narrative of Christ’s Passion, followed by the colophon, in which the printer identified himself as “Albrecht Dürer,…
Several of the illustrations in this Parisian Book of Hours, such as the exhibited image of Christ Appearing to his Mother, were closely modeled on Dürer’s Small Passion. Here, the anonymous French artist added a scroll bearing Christ’s words “Regina…
The international influence of Dürer’s Small Passion woodcuts can be seen in this Italian book of meditations on the Passion, which reveals obvious dependence on Dürer’s image of Christ before Caiaphas. Here, although an anonymous Venetian artisan…
A friend of Dürer’s since 1518, Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560) was Germany’s leading scholar of biblical languages and Luther’s most important colleague in the promotion of his theological reforms. In 1526, the great Wittenberg reformer was living…
Example of "Paris Vulgate" tradition, single-volume with books in canonical sequence. As was typical of the Paris Vulgate tradition, the only spaces allotted for illustrations were the interiors of the initials, which received either a portrayal of…
This illuminated manuscript is a missal which contains all of the prayers, hymns, and biblical passages read by the priest during the celebration of the Latin Mass throughout the year. The "Use of Sarum" refers to the Anglo-Saxon and Norman liturgy…
This illuminated manuscript is a missal which contains all of the prayers, hymns, and biblical passages read by the priest during the celebration of the Latin Mass throughout the year. It features Bohemian saints such as St. Wenceslaus, in the…
This portable breviary, used by a Franciscan friar in Italy during the fifteenth century, includes a calendar for the use of Rome with later handwritten additions indicating the feasts of several Franciscan saints. Illuminated with northern Italian…
Breviaries consisted of psalms, antiphons, lectionary, martyrology, and other features. This breviary for Benedictine Use includes calendrical notes that point to a composition date circa 1431 and also includes an indulgence approved in 1431 by Pope…
Gradual produced, signed and dated by Spanish nun, Maria Dies de Oña for Cistercian Use in early sixteenth century. This contains approximately the first third of the liturgial year.
This large folding triptych is a cartagloria, an illuminated manuscript bearing essential Latin texts for the Mass ceremony. The central miniature of the triptych replicates Leonardo da Vinci's fresco of the Last Supper at the Dominican Convent of…
This processional was written for use by canons of the Praemonstratensian Order at the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in Ilbenstadt, Germany, near Frankfurt am Main. Signed by the scribe Frater Jeremiah Moeller.
This manuscript contains excerpts from the gradual and antiphony used in Diocese of Béziers in Languedoc in southern France.
Tiny decorated book features fifteen miniatures and ten vignettes of the Labors of the Months in the calendar, each set within pinnacled Gothic niches with decorated margins. Illuminated near St. Omer near the Franco-Flemish border, the Sellers Hours…
Produced in Flanders for use in England, this richly illuminated manuscript includes a set of eight illustrations of scenes from the Infancy of Christ, such as the Annunciation and the Nativity, which traditionally introduced the eight sections of…
The scribe who transcribed the text of this Book of Hours signed his name on folio 111 recto as "Biagio di Piero di Jacopo da Fiesole." The manuscript features four full-page illuminations and one large historiated initial, each highlighted with…
This manuscript was illuminated by a Flemish-trained artist of great skill. The program of illustration found in this manuscript is extensive, consisting of twenty large miniatures with trompe-l'oeil borders, twenty-four small miniatures of saints,…
Early modern manuscript Book of Hours illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings of scenese from the Passion and the Life of the Virgin. Three versions of prayers are included in calligraphy without corrections or insertions. The illustrations were likely…
Comprised primarily of Latin prayers to the Virgin Mary, this Italian manuscript ends with a transcription of an indulgence that was promulgated by Pope Leo X on February 18, 1516. This indulgence granted remission of sins to those who recited the…
Devotional manuscript compiled for the followers of St. John of God (1495–1550), founder of the Order of the Brothers Hospitallers. It documents the devotional aspects of the order and includes prayers and orations. The majority of the volume is a…
Papal Bull confirming privileges and domains of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre at Meobecq within the diocese of Bourges, France. The scribe set off the formal preamble in majestic elongated letters, and beneath the main text added the circular…
In the Bulla aurea ("Golden Bull") of 1479, Pope Sixtus IV granted indulgences to all who donated to the Franciscan Order and to the Poor Clares, all visitors to Franciscan churches, and all who contributed to the maintenance of Franciscan…
A significant record of the essential role of memory in late-medieval piety, the Roseum memoriale provides summaries of each chapter of the Bible (omitting Psalms) in 1,194 short mnemonic verses. So as to insure memorization in the proper sequence,…
Biblical history written by Peter Comestor, Chancellor of Notre Dame in Paris. In Bridwell Library's manuscript, several dates added by the scribe provide evidence that the entire manuscript was produced between March and August of 1466. An…
The fifty ink drawings in this volume, all finished in watercolor with Latin captions, provided students with a visually engaging introduction to religious instruction. Pages 1-4 illustrate a basic catechism. Pages 5-10 instruct on how to properly…