All 128 pages are imaginatively illuminated with loving detail: the magnificent masterpiece for the heir to France, created by a famous father-son team

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

Bruges (Flanders) — Late 15th century

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

Bruges (Flanders) — Late 15th century

  1. This treasure from the golden age of French illumination originated ca. 1500 in Bourges

  2. All 128 pages are illuminated in the refined French style by Jean de Montluçon and his son Jacquelin

  3. The father-son team prospered through the patronage of the nobility and the French crown

Libro de Horas del Delfín de Francia

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

War Elephant

A wild man covered in golden hair blows a large horn and leads a war elephant. One of the most iconic aspects of ancient warfare was the war elephant, and even though they were a novelty in medieval Europe – Charlemagne had a pet elephant named Abul-Abbas – this remained the popular image of them. Medieval bestiaries usually depicted elephants in battle and often with a howdah or turret on its back, and this marginal miniature is likely modelled on a bestiary.

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

Alternative Titles:
  • Libro de Horas del Delfín de Francia
  • Das Stundenbuch des Prinzen von Frankreich
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
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Short Description

The Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France is a brilliantly executed illuminated manuscript, which was produced in the Bourges atelier of the father-son team of Jean and Jacquelin de Montluçon ca. 1500. They were a successful family of illuminators who profited greatly from the patronage of the nobility and even the French Crown. This prayer book was intended for the heir apparent of France and is considered to be one of the most magnificent manuscripts to be produced during the French golden age of illumination – and one of the most expensive! All of its 128 pages are lavishly illuminated in the elegant French style with luminous colors accentuated with gold.

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

This treasure from the golden age of French illumination was made for the heir apparent of France, the Dauphin, and is the result of a father-son team in Bourges. Jean de Montluçon and his son Jacquelin ran an art studio in Bourges and were contemporaries of Jean Colombe, another gifted artist working in Bourges who was responsible for the splendid Le Très Riches Heures del Duque du Berry. Stored in the Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble under the shelf mark Ms. 1011, the Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France is one of the most elaborate and expensive illuminated manuscripts ever produced and was made with artistry that is second to none ca. 1500.

A Father-Son Team

Jean de Montluçon established his atelier in Bourges in 1461 and his son was born there two years later. They prospered through the patronage of the nobility and the French crown – Jean even created the decorations for the funeral of King Charles VII. Jacquelin took over his father’s workshop after his death in 1494 and ran it until his own death in 1505. In addition to splendid illuminated manuscripts such as Bréviaire de Monypenny, the Heures de Chappes (bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Ms 438) or the Missel franciscain (bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, ms. 514), which resulted from a collaboration between the elder de Montluçon and Jean Colombe, they are also responsible for some magnificent altarpieces, like the Adoration of the Child of Chambery, and various heraldic paintings.

A Manuscript Worthy of the Dauphin

The Dauphin, as the heir apparent to the throne of France, belonged among the highest rank of European nobility during the Late Middle Ages. Having emerged from the 100 Years’ War battered but revitalized with a new, more centralized state, France’s prosperity found expression in the manifold masterpieces that were being produced during what is now referred to as the golden age of French illumination. French manuscripts from this period are second to none with respect to the skill with which they were created and for the wealth of decoration they contain with radiant colors that glimmer with finely-executed gold accents. The Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France is no exception to this artistry – all of its 128 pages are illuminated in the refined French style. It is not clear for whom the manuscript was specifically intended as several young Dauphins did not survive childhood in this period. The miniature scenes inside the architectural frames possess both realism, as demonstrated in the expressions and gesticulation of the figures and creatures therein, and an airy, dream-like quality due to their vibrant colors and shimmering gold. This is a shining example of late medieval artistry, an ideal of an illuminated manuscript worthy of the Dauphin of France.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Libro de Horas del Delfín de Francia
Das Stundenbuch des Prinzen von Frankreich
Size / Format
128 pages / 18.5 x 12.5 cm
Date
Late 15th century
Style
Gothic
Language
Libro de Horas del Delfín de Francia

Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France

The Burning Bush

While tending a flock of sheep on Mount Horeb, Moses sees a burning bush in which first an angel and then the Lord himself appears, revealing that his name is Yahweh. God commands Moses to take off his shoes because he is walking upon holy ground and then to lead the Jews out of Egypt. The scene is lavishly embellished with gold and Moses is depicted with great naturalism.

During the Middle Ages, the iconography associated with Moses evolved and he came to be depicted with small horns. This is due to a mistranslation of the word qaran or "glowed" from Exodus 34:30. Upon coming down from Mount Horeb, Moses’ face is supposed to be “radiant”, but the Vulgate translation accidentally translated the Hebrew word qeren or "sprouted horns. "

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Libro de Horas del Delfín de Francia
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France – Ms. 1011 – Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble (Grenoble, France)
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Libro de Horas del Delfín de Francia

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CM Editores – Salamanca, 2018
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