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Gilt silver, enamel, and jeweled bookcover
[Probably Salzburg, ca. 760–90]
Earlier binding used as lower cover on Lindau Gospels, Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland, late ninth century
350 x 275 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M. 1

The Evangelist Luke
Gospel Book, in Latin
France, Reims, ca. 860
303 x 258 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1927; MS M.728 (fol. 94v)

Jeweled upper cover of the Lindau Gospels, ca. 880
Court School of Charles the Bald
Lindau Gospels, in Latin
Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall, late ninth century
350 x 275 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M. 1

Fables, in Greek (Southern Italy, tenth or eleventh century)
215 x 166 mm
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1908; MS M.397

Iris
Pedanius Dioscorides (Greek, active ca. A.D. 50)
De materia medica, in Greek
Constantinople, ca. 930–70
Gouache on vellum, 385 leaves
15 1/2 x 11 13/16 inches (395 x 300 mm)
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, 1920; MS M.652, fol. 114v

Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem
Beatus of Liébana
Commentary on the Apocalypse, in Latin
Illuminated by Maius (d. 968)
Spain, province of León, probably San Salvador de Tábara, mid-tenth century
15 1/4 x 11 inches (385 x 200 mm)
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1919; MS M.644, vol. II (fol. 222v)

Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
Gospel Lectionary, in Latin
Austria, Salzburg, Abbey of St. Peter, ca. 1050
267 x 210 mm
William S. Glazier Collection; deposited in 1963, given in 1984; MS. G.44 (fol. 2)

Crucifixion of Saint Peter
Sacramentary, in Latin
France, Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, ca. 1060
286 x 215 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1919; MS M.641 (fol. 122v)

Ascension
Sacramentary, in Latin
France, Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, ca. 1060
286 x 215 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1919; MS M.641 (fol. 75v)

Thieves Breaking into the Burial Church of St. Edmund
Abbo of Fleury and Osbert of Clare, Life, Passion, and Miracles of St. Edmund, in Latin
Illuminated by the Alexis Master and assistant
England, Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, ca. 1130
274 x 187 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1927; MS M.736 (fol. 18v)

The Last Supper as a Mass, from a manuscript of the "Miniatures of the Life of Christ"
France, Corbie? late twelfth century
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.44, fol. 6v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1902

Biblical cycle, leaf from the prefatory cycle of the Eadwine Psalter.
England, Canterbury, Christ Church Priory, ca. 1155–60.
400 x 290 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911. MS M.521r.

Biblical cycle, leaf from the prefatory cycle of the Eadwine Psalter.
England, Canterbury, Christ Church Priory, ca. 1155–60.
400 x 290 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911. MS M.521v.

Scenes from the Life of Samuel
Leaf from the Winchester Bible
Illuminated by the Master of the Morgan Leaf
England, Winchester, Cathedral Priory of St. Swithin, ca. 1160–80
583 x 396 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.619 (recto)

Scenes from the Life of David
Leaf from the Winchester Bible
Illuminated by the Master of the Morgan Leaf
England, Winchester, Cathedral Priory of St. Swithin, ca. 1160–80
583 x 396 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.619 (verso)

Corn Plants, Anthill, and Ants
Bestiary, in Latin
Lincoln, England, ca. 1185
Tempera on vellum, 120 leaves
8 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches (215 x 155 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1902; MS M.81, fol. 31v

Sawfish and Ship
Bestiary, in Latin. England, probably Lincoln, before 1187
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1902; MS M.81, fol. 69

Worksop Bestiary, in Latin
England, possibly Lincoln or York, before 1187
215 x 155 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1902; MS M.81

Jeweled Binding with Virgin and Child Surrounded by Evangelists, Five Saints, and Two Virtues
Berthold Sacramentary, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of the Berthold Sacramentary
Germany, Weingarten Abbey, ca. 1215
293 x 204 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1926; MS M.710

Adoration of the Magi
Berthold Sacramentary, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of the Berthold Sacramentary
Germany, Weingarten Abbey, ca. 1215
293 x 204 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1926; MS M.710 (fol. 19v)

Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France; Author Dictating to a Scribe
Moralized Bible
France, probably Paris, ca. 1230
14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches (375 x 262 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1906; MS M.240 (fol. 8)

Saul Slaying Nahash and the Ammonites; Samuel Anoints Saul and Sacrifices to the Lord
Old Testament miniatures with Latin, Persian, and Judeo-Persian inscriptions
France, Paris, 1240s
390 x 300 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1916; MS M.638 (fol. 23v)

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Yolande de Soissons in Prayer
Psalter-Hours of Yolande de Soissons
434 leaves (1 column, 19 lines), bound : vellum, ill.
France, Amiens, ca. 1280–90
182 x 134 mm.
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1927; MS M.729, fol. 232v

Last Judgment, in an initial A
Leaf from an Antiphonary, in Latin.
Italy, probably Florence, ca. 1280
Illuminated by the Maestro Geometrico.
550 x 365 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan from Leo Olschki, 1907. MS M.273.

Two Elephants
Abu Sa'd' Ubayd-Allah ibn Ibrahim, known as Ibn Bakhtishu
Manafi al-Hayawan (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian
Persia, Maragha, dated 1294, 1297, or 1299
355 x 280 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.500 (fol. 13)

Ibn Bakhtīshū˓, (d. 1058)
Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian
Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī
355 x 280 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.500

Two Mountain Rams Fighting
Abu Sa'd' Ubayd-Allah ibn Ibrahim, known as Ibn Bakhtishu
Manafi al-Hayawan (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian
Persia, Maragha, dated 1294, 1297, or 1299
355 x 280 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.500 (fol. 37)

Priest Bowing before an Altar, from the "Stefaneschi Missal," in Latin
Italy, Florence; or France, Avignon, late 1320s
Illuminated possibly for Cardinal Jacopo Stefaneschi by the Master of the St. George Codex
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.713, fol. 58
Purchased, 1927

Priest Elevating the Host, detail from the "Tiptoft Missal," Sarum use, in Latin
England, Cambridge, ca. 1320
Probably made for John Fitz-Roger Clavering and his wife, Hawse Tiptoft
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.107, fol. 142
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1902

Scenes from the Life of Christ
Leaf from the Hungarian Anjou Legendary
Illuminated by the Hungarian Master and his workshop for a Hungarian patron
Italy, Bologna?, ca. 1325–35
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.360.10

Celebration of Mass
Leaf from the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, with glossa ordinaria of Bernardo Bottoni of Parma, in Latin.
Italy, Bologna, ca. 1330
Illuminated by the Master of 1328
440 x 285 mm
Purchased from Maggs Bros. Ltd., 1927; MS M.716.4

Christ in Majesty
Leaf from a Laudario, in Italian
Illuminated by Pacino di Bonaguida for the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese
Italy, Florence, ca. 1340
454 x 335 mm
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.742

Last Supper, in an initial C
Leaf from a Gradual (II), in Latin.
Italy, Florence, Santa Maria degli Angeli, 1392–99
Illuminated by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci for Paolo Venier, abbot of San Michele à Murano
590 x 400 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.653.4

Ascension, in an initial V
Leaf from a Gradual (II), in Latin.
Italy, Florence, 1392–99
Illuminated by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci for Paolo Venier, abbot of San Michele à Murano
590 x 400 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.653.3

Two Prophets, in initials S and V
Cut from a Gradual (II), in Latin.
Italy, Florence, Santa Maria degli Angeli, 1392–99
Illuminated by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci for Paolo Venier, abbot of San Michele à Murano
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.478.16, 17.

Nativity, in an initial P
Leaf from a Gradual (I), in Latin
Illuminated by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci for Paolo Venier,
abbot of San Michele à Murano
Italy, Florence, ca. 1392–1399
590 x 400 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.653.1

Judas Revealed as Christ's Betrayer, from a Leaf from a Gradual, in Latin
Italy, Florence, 1392–99
Illuminated for the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli by Silvestro dei Gherarducci
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.653.4
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1909

Adoration of the Magi, in an initial E
Leaf from a Gradual (I), in Latin.
Italy, Florence, Santa Maria degli Angeli, 1392–99
Illuminated by an assistant of Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci for Paolo Venier, abbot of San Michele à Murano
590 x 400mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.653.5

Trinity and Three Angels Appearing to Abraham, in an initial B
Leaf from a Gradual (II), in Latin.
Italy, Florence, 1392–99
Illuminated by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci for Paolo Venier, abbot of San Michele à Murano
590 x 400 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.653.2

St. Bridget's Eucharistic Vision, from St. Bridget of Sweden, Revelations and other texts, in Latin
Italy, Naples, late fourteenth century
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.498, fol. 4v Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912

Making Snares and Feeding Dogs
Gaston Phoebus (1331–1391)
Livre de la chasse, in French
France, Paris, ca. 1407
15 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (385 x 287 mm)
Bequest of Clara S. Peck, 1983; MS M. 1044 (fol. 45)

Angels Displaying the Eucharist in a Tabernacle, from a Book of Hours, Windesheim use, in Latin
The Netherlands, Delft? 1415–20
Illuminated by the Master of the Morgan Infancy Cycle
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.866, fol. 105v
Purchased with the assistance of the Fellows, 1953

St. Luke Painting the Virgin
Prayer Book, in Latin
Illuminated by Michelino Molinari da Besozzo
Italy, Milan, ca. 1420
170 x 120 mm
Purchased with the generous assistance of Alice Tully in memory of Dr. Edward Graeffe, 1970; MS M.944 (fol. 75v)

St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child
Book of Hours, in Latin
Belgium, Ghent?, ca. 1420
Illuminated by the Master of Guillebert de Mets
180 x 130 mm.
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.46, fol. 23v

Priest Carrying the Host in a Monstrance, detail from a Missal, Franciscan use, in Latin
France, Angers? ca. 1427
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.146, fol. 141v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, year unknown

St. Ambrose; St. Augustine
Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin
Utrecht, The Netherlands, ca. 1440
Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves (Netherlandish, active 1430–60)
Tempera on vellum, 358 leaves
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (192 x 130 mm)
Purchased on the Belle da Costa Greene Fund and with the assistance of the Fellows, 1963; MS M.917, pp. 244–245

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Catherine of Cleves Before Virgin and Child; Annunciation to Joachim
Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves
The Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches (192 x 130 mm)
Purchased with the assistance of various Fellows, 1970; MS M.945 (fols. 1v–2)

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Last Judgment; Man of Sorrows Petitioned by Penitents
Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves
The Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches (192 x 130 mm)
Purchased by the Library on the Belle da Costa Greene Fund and with the assistance of the Fellows, 1970; MSS M.917, p. 28–M.945, f. 151r

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Mouth of Hell; Final Absolution
Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves
The Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches (192 x 130 mm)
Purchased with the assistance of various Fellows, 1970; MS M.945 (fols. 168v–169)

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Priest and Acolyte before an Altar, from a Book of Hours, Rome use, in Latin and French
Northern France or Belgium, Flanders, ca. 1445
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.287, fol. 29
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1907

St. George Slaying the Dragon
Book of Hours, in Latin
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1450
Illuminated by the Master of Jean Chevrot
159 x 110 mm
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.421, fol. 23v

Queen of Swords
Bonifacio Bembo or family
Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards
Italy, Milan, ca. 1450
173 x 87 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911; MS M.630 (no. 23)

Christ Instituting the Eucharist at the Last Supper, and Manna Feeding the Israelites, from a Speculum humanae salvationis, in Latin and Dutch
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1450
Illuminated by a Master of the Gold Scrolls
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.385, fol. 18v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1909

Decapitation of St. John the Baptist
A late follower of the Master of the Munich Golden Legend
Book of Hours, France, probably Paris, ca. 1460
123 x 158 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907; MS M.282, fol. 124v

Synagoga (Judaism) and Ecclesia (Church) Flank the Last Supper, from a Book of Hours, Paris use, in Latin and French
Northeastern France or Paris, ca. 1465
Illuminated by the Master of Jacques de Luxembourg
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.1003, fol. 13
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Landon K. Thorne, Jr., 1979

Altar Prepared for the Feast of Corpus Christi, detail from an Antiphonary (one of the six "Lodi Choir Books"), in Latin
Italy, Milan, ca. 1470–95
Commissioned for Lodi Cathedral by Bishop Carlo Pallavicino and illuminated by Francesco Bettini and others
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.682, fol. 19v
Purchased, before 1921

Angels Collecting Christ's Blood in Chalices, from a Missal, Augustinian use, in Latin
Italy, Perugia, after 1472
Illuminated by Fiorenzo di Lorenzo
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.472, fol. 131v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911

Aquarius
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 1v)

Scorpio
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 15r)

Sagittarius
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 16v)

Capricornus
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 18r)

Pisces
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 3r)

Aries
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 4v)

Taurus
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 6r)

Gemini
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 7v)

Cancer
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 9r)

Leo
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 10v)

Virgo
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 12r)

Libra
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
142 x 110 mm
Gift; Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984; MS G.14 (fol. 13v)

Resurrection, in an initial A
Cutting from an Antiphonary, in Latin.
Bologna, last quarter of the fifteenth century
Illuminated by Domenico Pagliarolo.
234 x 245 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.444.

Hugo von Trimberg, (ca. 1230–ca. 1313)
Der Renner, in German
Austria, probably Tyrol, last quarter of the fifteenth century
293 x 207 mm
Purchased in 1930; MS M.763

Lust
Robinet Testard
Book of Hours, France, Poitiers, ca. 1475
165 leaves (1 column, 16 lines), bound: vellum, ill.
148 x 108 mm
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1979; MS M.1001, fol. 98r

Adoration of the Magi
Book of Hours, in Latin and French
Northern France; Belgium, ca. 1480
Illuminated by Simon Marmion
165 x 110 mm.
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1900; MS M.6, fol. 44v

Book of Hours of Guillaume Lambert, Rome use, in Latin
France, Lyons, 1484
Written by Guillaume Lambert and illuminated for him by the Master of Guillaume Lambert; 192 leaves
126 x 82 mm
Melvin R. Seiden Collection, 2007; MS M.1162 (fol. 71v)

Elevation of the Eucharist, from the "Della Rovere Missal," Rome use, in Latin
Italy, Rome, ca. 1485–90
Illuminated by the Master of the della Rovere Missals (Jacopo Ravaldi?) for Cardinal Domenico della Rovere
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.306, fol. 119r
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1907

Anne de Bretagne at Confession
Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne
Illuminated by Jean Poyer
France, Tours, ca. 1492–95
126 x 80 mm
The Pierpont Morgan Library, Purchased in 1905; MS M.50 (fol. 10v)

Browse all the images from the Hours of Henry VIII and the Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne in the online exhibition Two Masterpieces Illuminated by Jean Poyer.

Jesus Stoned by the Crowd, in an initial I
Cutting from an Antiphonary, in Latin
Illuminated by Master B. F.
Italy, Milan, ca. 1500
172 x 168 mm
Purchased on the Acquisition Fund, 1995; MS M.1090

Annunciation
Hours of Henry VIII, in Latin
Illuminated by Jean Poyer (active ca. 1483–1503)
France, Tours, ca. 1500
256 x 180 mm
The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection; deposited in 1962, given in 1977; MS H.8 (fol. 30v)

Browse all the images from the Hours of Henry VIII and the Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne in the online exhibition Two Masterpieces Illuminated by Jean Poyer.

Virgin and Child with Female Saints
Leaf from a devotional book
Illuminated by Gérard David
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
183 x 133 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1926; MS M.659

St. Anthony and the Miracle of the Mule, from the "Breviary of Eleanor of Portugal," Rome use, in Latin
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
Illuminated for Queen Eleanor of Portugal by Alexander Bening and Gerard Horenbout
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.52, fol. 411v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1902

Christ Awaiting Crucifixion, from the "Lallemant Missal," Tours use, in Latin
France, Tours, ca. 1500
Illuminated for Guillaume Lallemant, canon and archdeacon of Tours, by Jean Poyer
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.495, fol. 85v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912

Adoration of Magi
Cutting from a Gradual, in Latin
Illuminated by Master B. F.
Italy, Milan, ca. 1500
220 x208 mm
The Morgan Library & Museum, 1927; MS M.725

Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Gentleman of Cologne and a Soldier, in an initial A
Leaf from a Gradual, in Latin
Spain, Castile, Toledo, ca. 1500, commissioned by the rosary confraternity of Toledo's silk weavers for the Dominican convent of San Pedro Mártir el Real
928 x 600 mm
Gift of William S. Glazier, 1958; MS M.887.1

Crucifixion
Leaf from a Missal, in Latin
Illuminated by Springinklee the Elder for Huge von Hohenlandenberg, bishop of Constance
Germany, Constance, ca. 1510
407 x 289 mm
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows, with special assistance of four members of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Gordon S. Rentschler, and the Arkville Erpf Fund, 1973, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Library; MS M.955.

Nativity and Thistles
Jean Bourdichon
Book of Hours, France, Tours, ca. 1515
302 x 200 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1927; MS M.732, fols. 31v–32r

May: Boating Party
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 6v–7)

January: Dinner Scene
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 2v–3)

All Martyrs
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
Illuminated by Simon Bening, (1483/84-1561)
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399, fol. 295v

February: Pruning Vines, Breaking Ground
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 3v–4)

The Mass of the Five Wounds, from the "Da Costa Hours," partially Rome use, in Latin
Belgium, Ghent, ca. 1515
Illuminated for Alvaro da Costa by Simon Bening
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.399, fol. 36v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1910

April: Farmyard Scene
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 5v–6)

March: Two Workmen in a Garden
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 4v–5)

December: Slaughtering a Pig
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 13v–14)

November: Preparing flax for linen
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 12v–13)

October: Sale of a Bull
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 11v–12)

September: Plowing and Sowing Seed
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 10v–11)

August: Moving Wheat, Binding Sheaves
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 9v–10)

July: Making Hay
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 8v–9)

June: Shearing Sheep
Da Costa Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
6 3/4 x 5 inches (172 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; MS M.399 (fols. 7v–8)

Trinity Adored by the Choirs of Angels
Illuminated by the Master of Claude de France
Prayer Book of Queen Claude de France
France, Tours, ca. 1517
2 3/4 x 2 inches (69 x 49 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Alexandre P. Rosenberg in memory of her husband Alexandre Paul Rosenberg, 2008; MS M.1166 (fols. 24v–25)
Photography by Schecter Lee

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Flight into Egypt
Book of Hours, in Latin
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1520
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84-1561)
80 x 60 mm.
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907; MS M.307, fol. 71v

Pope Leo Prepares for Mass, from "Preparatio ad missam of Pope Leo X," in Latin
Italy, Rome, 1520
Illuminated for Pope Leo X by Attavante degli Attavanti
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS H.6, fol. 1v
Gift of the Heineman Foundation, 1977

Pope Clement VII Asperging the Congregation Before Mass
Composite leaf with miniature by Vincenzo Raimondi
Italy, Rome, ca. 1523, vellum with montage pasted on card
500x 280 mm
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.1134

The Sacred Bleeding Host of Dijon Enshrined in a Monstrance, from a Historiated initial from a Gradual, in Latin
Illuminated for the Ste.-Chapelle of Dijon by the Machéco Master (Oudot Matuchet?)
France, Dijon, ca. 1536–37
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.1144
Purchased on the Edwin H. Herzog Fund and the Fellows Endowment Fund, 2005

Adoration of the Shepherds; Fall of Man
Farnese Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Giulio Clovio (1498–1578)
Italy, Rome, dated 1546
6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches (173 x 110 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1903; MS M.69 (fols. 26v–27r)

Adoration of the Magi; Solomon Adored by the Queen of Sheba
Farnese Hours, in Latin
Illuminated by Giulio Clovio (1498–1578)
Italy, Rome, dated 1546
6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches (173 x 110 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1903; MS M.69 (fols. 38v–39)

Papal Procession at Old St. Peter's, from the "Farnese Hours," Rome use, in Latin
Italy, Rome, 1546
Illuminated for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese by Giulio Clovio
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.69, fol. 72v–73r
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1903

Four Evangelists
Montage with other cuttings, possibly from a Gospel Book made for Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572–85).
Italy, probably Rome, ca. 1572–85.
413 x 277mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan from Leo Olschki, 1907. MS M.270.

Seated Ruler with Two Women and a Standing Saint
Cutting from a choir book, in Latin
France, perhaps Paris, first quarter of the twentieth century
Illuminated by the Spanish Forger
245 x 195 mm
Purchased (as the Spanish Forger), 1967. MS M.786c.

Battista Agnese (ca. 1500–1564)
Portolan Atlas, on vellum, 1536–64
Opening: Map of the World with Magellan's Route
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912; MS M.507

The Crucifixion; Moses and the Brazen Serpent
Farnese Hours, 1546
Illuminated byGiulio Clovio (1498-1578)
Italy, Rome, dated 1546
6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches (173 x 110 mm)
Manuscript with 114 folios comprising 28 miniatures, on vellum
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1903; MS M.69 102v–103r


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