Leaves from a Book of Hours

Opening: First Thursday Art Walk, Dec. 5, 6pm-8pm

The leaves seen in this show originate from a medieval Book of Hours, a common Christian devotional text from the middle ages. While the text within this type of manuscript can vary, a Book of Hours gets its name from the mandatory inclusion of the Hours of the Virgin Mary, the prayers associated with the eight canonical hours of the day. Once considered an object of luxury for the elite, 15th century innovations in printing allowed for an increase in production and the spread of these manuscripts an emerging middle class. 

This Book of Hours in particular was printed on vellum by Jehan Poitevin in February of 1501 and illustrated with beautiful wood engraved panels and historiated initials in red and blue. The leaves come alive with illustrations in the margins that depict a variety of subjects. Biblical scenes set in contemporary France are juxtaposed with fantastical medieval beasts that emerge from the page to delight the mind and imagination. Gothic architectural details throughout the page evoke the majesty of Medieval cathedrals, bringing the reader one step closer to what they believed to be the house of God. Look closer and take in the images that enticed viewers over 500 years ago. 

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51546
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51548
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51550
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51551
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51552
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51555
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51556
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51557
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51558
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51559
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51560
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51561
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51563
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51564
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51565
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51566
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51567
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51569
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51570
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51539
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51543
Price: $325.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51544
Price: $275.00

Book of Hours : Printed Book of Hours at Davidson Galleries

Jehan Poitevin French

Printed Book of Hours

Medium: Early printing illuminated with metal cuts on vellum
Year: 1501
Printer: in Paris
Size: 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 51545
Price: $325.00

European : God the Father Crowning Mary at Davidson Galleries

God the Father Crowning Mary

Medium: ink, color, and gold on vellum
Year: c. 1470
Size: 7 x 4 3/4 inches
Description: Origin: France Gothic script miniature painting from a Book of Hours
Stock Number: 26025c
Price: $4000.00
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