The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, Queen of France

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, Queen of France

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, Queen of France

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, Queen of France

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The Medieval Book of Hours was a private service and prayer book. It was so called because the prayers it contained were arranged according to the eight canonical hours of the day when they were recited by the individual. This type of book first appeared in the second half of the thirteenth century and increased in popularity until it became, during the fourteenth century, the most common form of private prayer book.

By their very nature such prayer books were highly personal and often exacted the skillful and patient work of the greatest artists of the day. For the excellence of its drawing and the originality and vitality of its decoration, the Book of Hours of Jeanne d'Évreux is acknowledged an outstanding example, a masterpiece of the developed Gothic courtly art of France. This extraordinary manuscript came to the New York art market in 1953 . . .

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