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A Thirteenth-Century French Book of Hours for Marie

Adelaide Bennett
The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery
Vol. 54, Essays in Honor of Lilian M. C. Randall (1996), pp. 21-50
Published by: The Walters Art Museum
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20169107
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

A richly illuminated book of hours in Latin was made in north France in the 1270s for a laywoman, Marie, named in a prayer to the Trinity. The pictorial program of the marginalia and initials is quite personalized. Sixteen out of twenty-one historiated initials portray women, either in supplication as in the Office of the Holy Spirit, or actively involved with religious and family life from childhood to death as in the Office of the Virgin and in the Office of the Dead.

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