Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time

What time is it? The question seems simple, and with a watch on your wrist or a cell phone in your hand, the answer is easy. In the Middle Ages, however, the concept of time could be approached in many different ways, with vastly different tools.

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January 26 through April 29, 2018

The Pleasures of May, from the Da Costa Hours, Belgium, Ghent, ca. 1515, illuminated by Simon Bening. The Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.399, fol. 6v. Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.

The Pains of Hell, from the Hours of Claude Molé, France, Paris, ca. 1500, illuminated by the Master of Petrarch’s Triumphs. The Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.356, fol. 64r. Photography by Graham S. Haber.

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