(active c. 1440 in southern Netherlands)

Book of Hours

c. 1440
Private collection

This Book of Hours in Dutch was made in the southern Netherlands c. 1440. Dutch Book of Hours are very numerous, especially from the later fifteenth century. They can be particularly fascinated because the miniatures have biblical scenes set in a homely atmosphere with tiled floors and crowded domestic interiors filled with the paraphernalia of the sitting rooms of the bourgeois families who first owned the manuscripts.

Folio 7v of the present Book of Hours depicts the Annunciation and shows a corner of a bourgeois interior with tiled floor, simple wooden furniture, and books and boxes piled high on a shelf.

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