Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.491
Book of Hours
Belgium, probably Brussels, 1533.
Previously in 16th-century brown calf with rubbed painted arms of Emperor Charles V; lettered: Liber precum / Caroli Quinti / Imperatoris / Anno / (illegible, 1533?), in brown morocco case; replaced with modern buckram clamshell binding, July, 2001.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1912.
271 leaves (1 column, 26 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 143 x 80 mm
Made for the use of Emperor Charles V and one of his chaplains, a member of the Pot family (arms, mottoes, portraits of Emperor throughout; portrait and arms of cleric on fol. 35v: quarterly, 1-4, azure three six-pointed estoiles argent; 2-3 or a fesse azure, in chief a label of five points sable); Sir Francis B. Palmer Collection (Burlington Fine Arts Club, illuminated manuscripts, 1908, p. 115-116, no.237, plate 147); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Jacques Seligmann in Paris in 1912; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin); written and illuminated in Belgium, probably in Brussels, and dated 1533 at the bottom of the architectural frame on fol. 18v).
Scribe: F. Gratianus Brux, who has signed the colophon on fol. 266.
Decoration: 82 miniatures.
Artist: Master of Charles V.

Variant Title: 

Lettered on case: Liber precum Caroli Quinti Imperatoris Anno

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