Leaf from a Book of Hours

Northern French or Flemish
Medieval (Gothic)
mid-15th century

Place of Manufacture: Northern France; Place of Manufacture: Flanders


Overall (page dimensions): 17.4 x 11.5 cm (6 7/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment

Not On View





1 leaf from a Book of Hours from the beginning of the text to be read at the hour of Compline (the last of the canonical day hours).

1 column of 15 text lines in Latin. Writing lines in light red plummet.

Written in a Gothic bookhand in brown ink with red rubrics. Office begins with 3-line initial C in blue with white filigree highlights, gold background with floral infill; responsories start with 1-line gold initial on colored background; full foliate border in gold and colors with acanthus, flowers, and grotesques. Outer border only on verso. Roundel in lower margin recto of three angels as musicians. ¾-page miniature of the Coronation of the Virgin: in a gold-fillet arched frame enclosing a typical Coronation interior (star-studded blue background, gold-scrolls courtyard wall, green tile floor), God, enthroned at the right, blesses the Virgin, who kneels before him with an angel behind her. Golden light shines from the Holy Spirit through a heavenly aperture at the top of the scene.


Mid-15th century, produced for a Book of Hours in northern France or southern Netherlands (Flanders). By 1979, Aimée and Rosamond Lamb, Boston, MA; gift of Aimée and Rosamond Lamb. (Accession date: October 17, 1979)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb