A masterpiece with a rare miniature, unusual prayers, and gorgeous illumination

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

Paris (France) — Around 1450

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

Paris (France) — Around 1450

  1. This special book of hours is named after a miniature of the Madonna sitting at a loom found within it

  2. Theologians and historians alike are fascinated by its unusual prayers found in few other manuscripts

  3. This specimen from the golden age of French illumination features exceedingly broad decorative frames

Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

In this colorful specimen from the golden age of French illumination, the Virgin Mary presents Jesus to Simeon, the high priest, while Joseph stands back with his hands folded. The prophetess Hannah holds a basket of doves, a common sight in such scenes and an allusion to the Holy Spirit. An arched roof and tiled green floor create a sense of space and depth in the scene, which the artist has filled with numerous details, such as the hairs of Simeon’s beard.

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

Alternative Titles:
  • Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora
  • Stundenbuch der webenden Muttergottes
  • Livre d'Heures de la Vierge Tisseuse
  • Libro d'Ore della Madonna Tessitrice
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The name of this marvelous books of hours can be traced back to an unusual depiction: a miniature of the Madonna sitting at a loom. The so-called Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin is a gorgeous manuscript from the mid–15th century. The impressive book decoration stylistically points to Paris as the place of origin. 15 superb miniature pages adorn the Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin, each with a potpourri of filigree tendril ornamentation, gorgeous initials, and a large, central miniature. The impressive quality of the paintings demonstrates the outstanding position of this manuscript among the works of the golden age of French illumination!

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

The name of this marvelous books of hours can be traced back to an unusual depiction: a miniature of the Madonna sitting at a loom. The so-called Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin is a gorgeous manuscript from the mid–15th century. The impressive book decoration stylistically points to Paris as the place of origin. 15 superb miniature pages adorn the Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin, each with a potpourri of filigree tendril ornamentation, gorgeous initials, and a large, central miniature. The impressive quality of the paintings demonstrates the outstanding position of this manuscript among the works of the golden age of French illumination!

Maria at a Loom

Folio 91 of the book of hours presents a magnificent miniature, which follows an unusual iconography: a depiction of the Virgin Mary weaving. Mary sits with her flowing, luminous blue dress on a weaving stool, looking out directly at the beholder. The scene unfolds under a refined arched construction and the Madonna also sits under a splendid red baldachin. This scene of the weaving Virgin, deeply immersed in her work, lends the manuscript its name.

Additional Superb Paintings

Manuscript 15452 of the Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid delights with its remaining miniatures and other book decoration as well. Exceedingly broad decorative frames surround the 15 magnificent full-page miniatures. The filigree tendril ornamentation around a central miniature in a round-arch frame is occasionally complimented by an additional, second ornamentally-designed frame directly around the miniature. A grandiose initial in the respective lines of text concerning the illustration round out the impression of numerous decorative elements. Even the pages of text are superbly bright and entertaining, but also tastefully designed with initials, tendril bordures, and decorative elements in the lines of text.

Typical and Extravagant

This magnificence on 365 pages of parchment arose ca. 1450 in Paris. Therefore, the Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin is a worthy attestation of the golden age of French illumination! Precious gold leaf lends the book decoration an even greater aura of magnificence. Alongside a calendar, the Office of the Dead, the Penitential Psalms, and other typical content, the Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin additionally contains some unusual prayers. This manuscript is an all-around impressive attestation of 15th century illumination.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora
Stundenbuch der webenden Muttergottes
Livre d'Heures de la Vierge Tisseuse
Libro d'Ore della Madonna Tessitrice
Size / Format
356 pages / 20.5 x 15.3 cm
Date
Around 1450
Language
Illustrations
15 full-page miniatures and many decorated borders
Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin

Virgin Mary at the Loom

This manuscript is named for the magnificent miniature page at hand – a unique image of the Virgin Mary weaving with the help of a simple loom. The arched architecture within which she sits is designed with a wonderful sense of space and perspective. Mary is seated with a serene if somewhat sad expression on her face and flowing blond locks of hair.

Aside from the detail with which the tools being used are depicted, the scene is remarkable for the excessively broad and intricate frame in which it is presented. Colorful and inventive tendrils stretch out across a sea of gold dots and the large blue “D” initial preceding the three lines of text was designed with intricate patterns and curling tendrils against a shimmering gold background.

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin“

Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin – Inv. 15452 – Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid, Spain)
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Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2002
Limited Edition
1015 copies
Binding
Leather
Commentary
1 volume by Elisa Ruiz García and François Avril
More Information
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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