Hours of Engelbert of Nassau

Hours of Engelbert of Nassau

Flanders (Belgium) — ca. 1470–1490

Hours of Engelbert of Nassau

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Hours of Engelbert of Nassau

This richly decorated book of hours was created by the famous Master of Mary of Burgundy for an unknown original commissioner but was finished at the behest of Engelbert II of Nassau, a soldier, courtier, and major patron of the arts who was once the leader of the Privy Council of the Duchy of Burgundy. Created in the 1470’s or 1480’s, it has 7 full-page miniatures and 31 half-page miniatures with intricate frames full of flowers, fruits, insects, animals, people, coins, medallions, jewels, vases, and ostrich feathers. This splendor inspired other illuminated manuscripts such as the Heures Voustre Demeure. The selection of figures who are presented in the manuscript – Saint Sebastian, Saint Christopher, and David the warrior – and the exultation of chivalry reflect Engelbert’s character as a warrior and general while the sophistication of the work speaks to his tastes as a patron of the arts.


Alternative Titles
Stundenbuch des Engelbert von Nassau
ca. 1470–1490
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Facsimile Editions

#1 A Book of Hours for Engelbert of Nassau

Commentary: 1 volume by Jonathan Alexander
Language: English
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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