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Illuminated Manuscripts


1485
Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline. Recto text shows chants to be sung at lauds and vespers on Pentecost Monday.

1485
Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline. Recto text shows chants to be sung at lauds and vespers on Pentecost Monday.

1250-1400
This leaf from an illuminated Bible shows the extreme delicacy and elegant artistry required of the scribe in designing the manuscript initial. Though the color choice of red and blue is simple, the initial V is adorned by intricate penwork…

1250-1400
This leaf from an illuminated Bible shows the extreme delicacy and elegant artistry required of the scribe in designing the manuscript initial. Though the color choice of red and blue is simple, the initial V is adorned by intricate penwork…

1450-1500
A Book of Hours was a devotional prayer book used by the wealthy laity. Often lavishly illustrated, the small format of Books of Hours encouraged private devotions via silent reading, rather than recitation out loud. This leaf from a Dutch Book of…

1450-1500
A Book of Hours was a devotional prayer book used by the wealthy laity. Often lavishly illustrated, the small format of Books of Hours encouraged private devotions via silent reading, rather than recitation out loud. This leaf from a Dutch Book of…

1330-1370
Breviaries combined all the sung and spoken portions of the Divine Office into one volume. This leaf bears three markers of French origin: first, the dorsal motif in the bar ornament; second, the Angular Gothic script hand; and third, the lemon tone…

1330-1370
Breviaries combined all the sung and spoken portions of the Divine Office into one volume. This leaf bears three markers of French origin: first, the dorsal motif in the bar ornament; second, the Angular Gothic script hand; and third, the lemon tone…

1370
This gradual leaf shows a peculiar form of musical notation called "Hufnagelschrift", or "horse shoe nail writing" because of its resemblance to the nails used to shoe horses at the time. Graduals collect chants or antiphons used in the celebration…

1370
This gradual leaf shows a peculiar form of musical notation called "Hufnagelschrift", or "horse shoe nail writing" because of its resemblance to the nails used to shoe horses at the time. Graduals collect chants or antiphons used in the celebration…

Unknown
This leaf, believed to be from a Koran, is illuminated throughout in dulling gold. Small red and gold wheel motifs separate verses from one another. The leaf's paper is somewhat coated, giving a matte appearance to all illuminated spots.

Unknown
This leaf, believed to be from a Koran, is illuminated throughout in dulling gold. Small red and gold wheel motifs separate verses from one another. The leaf's paper is somewhat coated, giving a matte appearance to all illuminated spots.

1485
This page from an Italian psalter shows the last half of Psalm 85. Psalm 86 begins at the green decorated initial and continues on to the verso. This scribe used many abbreviations to save space, and also left out several words of each Psalm. A close…

1485
This page from an Italian psalter shows the last half of Psalm 85. Psalm 86 begins at the green decorated initial and continues on to the verso. This scribe used many abbreviations to save space, and also left out several words of each Psalm. A close…

15th Century?
This leaf from a psalter (possibly Italian), with a red four stave line and a rounded Gothic hand, shows antiphonal chants for lauds and matins in April of the Sanctoral Cycle.

15th Century?
This leaf from a psalter (possibly Italian), with a red four stave line and a rounded Gothic hand, shows antiphonal chants for lauds and matins in April of the Sanctoral Cycle.

Middle 15th Century?
The Psalter, or Book of Psalms, contained a calendar and other devotional texts used in the Christian liturgy and for private devotions. All 150 Psalms were recited each week, the majority at matins and vespers. A single volume psalter generally…

Middle 15th Century?
The Psalter, or Book of Psalms, contained a calendar and other devotional texts used in the Christian liturgy and for private devotions. All 150 Psalms were recited each week, the majority at matins and vespers. A single volume psalter generally…

1450-1550
This leaf, believed to be from a psalter or book of hours, shows the last line of Psalm 106 and verses one through eight of Psalm 107. The ivy sprays decorating the initial "P" are characteristic of French origin. Complex bar ornaments in blue fill…

1450-1550
This leaf, believed to be from a psalter or book of hours, shows the last line of Psalm 106 and verses one through eight of Psalm 107. The ivy sprays decorating the initial "P" are characteristic of French origin. Complex bar ornaments in blue fill…