Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades

Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades – Millennium Liber – No. 88 – Museu Episcopal de Vic (Vic (Barcelona), Spain)

Flanders (Belgium) and Spain β€” 1410–16th century

First compiled in the 19th century: a magnificent assortment of the most beautiful Gothic and Renaissance paintings by Flemish and Spanish artists of the 15th and 16th centuries

  1. A 19th century compendium of various pieces of 15th and 16th century illumination

  2. JosΓ© Morgades y Gili, Bishop of Vic, commissioned this Gothic and Renaissance miniature show in the 19th century

  3. This codex presents some of the highlights of Flemish and Spanish illumination in the Late Middle Ages

Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades

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Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades

The so-called Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades is a unique work of book art: a compendium of various pieces of 15th and 16th century illumination, which was compiled in the 19th century at the behest of Bishop Morgades of Vic. 110 pages with gorgeous miniatures and marvelous text with grandiose bordures and other artistic decorations give an overview of the illumination of the Gothic and Renaissance styles. The Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades offers the opportunity to familiarize oneself with book art from a completely new angle and in the small, hand-held format typical for a medieval book of hours.

Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades

The so-called Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades is a unique work of book art: a compendium of various pieces of 15th and 16th century illumination, which was compiled in the 19th century at the behest of Bishop Morgades of Vic. 110 pages with gorgeous miniatures and marvelous text with grandiose bordures and other artistic decorations give an overview of the illumination of the Gothic and Renaissance styles. The Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades offers the opportunity to familiarize oneself with book art from a completely new angle and in the small, hand-held format typical for a medieval book of hours.

A 19th Century Idea

Manuscript No. 88 of the Museu Episcopal de Vic, a piece from the collection of the episcopal library, inspires one with its impressive pictorial adornment. The manuscript was compiled as a compendium of various set pieces at the behest of Bishop JosΓ© Morgades y Gili, Bishop of Vic in the 19th century. Vic is a city in the province of Barcelona in Spain and a historically-significant diocese with a gorgeous cathedral. Bishop Morgades demonstrated his deep appreciation for the illumination of earlier times with his book of hours compiled from older manuscripts.

Two Centuries of Illumination

The miniatures and visual decoration of the manuscript originate from various workshops in Flanders and Spain. The time period for the creation of these pages ranges from the year 1410 to well into the 16th century. In this way, both the Gothic and Renaissance periods are stylistically recognizable. The Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades is in the format of a small personal prayer book that one can carry everywhere with them and contains 4 full-page miniatures from the year 1410 and 30 full-page miniatures from the 16th century of its 110 pages altogether. Additionally, 60 pages of text are exuberantly furnished with bordures and other artistic decoration.

Typical Depictions

The wonderful miniature of Saint Catherine with the wheel and supported by a sword presents itself as a striking composition: the saint stands on a checkerboard-patterned floor and before a black background, which is decorated with white ornamentation. A Flemish urban backdrop adorns another page of the manuscript. Also, a few of the pages of text are adorned with exuberant, ornamentally-filled, broad bordures, artful initials, and lovingly-designed flowers and insects.

A Juxtaposition of Styles

The Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades is a unique work in the history of book art: a compendium that was compiled from various pieces in the 19th century. In this way, the manuscript gives a wonderful, unusual mixture of miniatures and an overview of the development of illumination from the early 15th to the 16th century. It offers the opportunity to familiarize oneself with various miniaturists and their respective works, and to compare their various styles in a single manuscript.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Libro de Horas del Obispo Morgades
Stundenbuch des Bischofs Morgades
Livre d'Heures de l'Γ‰vΓͺque Morgades
Libro d'Ore del Vescovo Morgades
Size / Format
110 pages / 14.2 Γ— 10.3 cm
Origin
Belgium
Date
1410–16th century
Language
Illustrations
4 full-page miniatures (1410), 30 full-page miniatures (early 16th century), and 70 pages with text and marginal decorations
Patron
Bishop Morgades (1826-1901)
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades – Millennium Liber – No. 88 – Museu Episcopal de Vic (Vic (Barcelona), Spain)
Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2009
Limited Edition: 995 copies
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Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades

The Carpenter’s Son

According to the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth was a carpenter like his father, Joseph, and as such would have begun apprenticing at a young age to learn the family trade. This fine bas-de-page miniature shows Jesus as a child playing on the floor with a tool and sitting next to his mother, who is reading from a book on a small lectern. Various medieval carpenter’s tools are clearly depicted to the right including an axe, saw, plane, pliers, and hammer.

Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades – Millennium Liber – No. 88 – Museu Episcopal de Vic (Vic (Barcelona), Spain)
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Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades

Saint Barbara

This a perfect example of Gothic portraiture. Its frame of red, purple, and gold is surrounded by multicolor tendrils. The figure stands on a stone slab that gives a sense of depth and hovers before the background: a symmetrical pattern of black boxes alternating between red and blue flowers, which contrast sharply with the gold leaf separating them

Saint Barbara is identifiable by her chalice and palm of martyrdom, depicted in gold leaf as is the halo shining through her short, curly red hair. The folds of her beautiful green cloak are natural, her pose is elegant, her face eternally youthful. Her humility is highlighted by a bare foot just barely poking out from under her elegant robes, which spill out onto the frame for a dynamic effect.

Book of Hours of the Bishop Morgades – Millennium Liber – No. 88 – Museu Episcopal de Vic (Vic (Barcelona), Spain)
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#1 Libro de Horas del Obispo Morgades

Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2009

Publisher: Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2009
Limited Edition: 995 copies
Binding: Embroidered green velvet with metal clasp
Commentary: 1 volume by Josefina Planas Badenas and Anna Gudayol
Languages: Spanish, Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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