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Les Petites Heurs du Duc Jean de Berry

Manuscript (Ms. lat. 18014), 212 x 145 mm
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

The very small manuscript, Les Petites Heurs du Duc Jean de Berry by its modern title, is one of the surviving six books from the great collection of Duc de Berry (1340-1416), one of the four sons of King John II of France. The oldest part of this book, the Passion of Christ, was illuminated in Paris between 1372 and 1375 by Jean Le Noir, one of Pucelle's pupils. He worked together with an anonymous artist referred to as Pseudo-Jacquemart. Some years later the manuscript was completed by the Duke's outstanding new court painter, Jacquemart de Hesdin. One miniature by Jean de Limbourg was added later, probably in 1410-12, after the book had been completed.

The book contains a Book of Hours based on the Parisian Liturgy, prayers and devotions for private use, and a calendar.

The calendar page for the month of May (folio 3r) shows an allegorical representation of Heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God.

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