Hour by Hour: Reconstructing a Medieval Breton Prayer Book

Unknown artist, <i>John, the Apostle</i>, 15th century, pigments and gold on parchment, 7 x 5.5 inches. Univ. of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library, Frag. III.1 fol. 49r.

Unknown artist, John, the Apostle, 15th century, pigments and gold on parchment, 7 x 5.5 inches. Univ. of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library, Frag. III.1 fol. 49r.

O’Shaughnessy Galleries II & III January 17-March 15, 2015

In conjunction with the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in March, this exhibition focuses on reassembling a fifteenth-century book of hours that originated in Brittany, France. Of the 91 manuscript pages he has already recovered, David T. Gura, curator of ancient and medieval manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, selected about 35 of the most compelling examples, offering visitors an opportunity to virtually walk through a medieval prayer book, page by page. The visual appeal of the painted leaves, unusual Breton iconography, evidence of devotional practices, and newly added scientific analysis are sure to intrigue visitors from all walks of life.

 

This exhibition is organized by Hesburgh Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, in collaboration with the Snite Museum of Art and is presented with support from the Snite General Endowment.

For more information about the March 12-14, 2015 Medieval Academy of America meeting on the campus of Notre Dame visit their site.