Hours of Engelbert of Nassau

Hours of Engelbert of Nassau Facsimile Edition

Flanders (Belgium) — ca. 1470–1490

The contents reflect its patron’s character as a warrior and general while its artistic sophistication speaks to his tastes as a patron of the arts

  1. Count Engelbert II of Nassau (1451–1504) was a leading courtier of the Duchy of Burgundy

  2. His book of hours is widely regarded as a highlight of Flemish manuscript illumination

  3. Adorned by the Master of Mary of Burgundy with 7 full-page and 31 half-page miniatures in artful frames

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 Count Engelbert II of Nassau (1451–1504), 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.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Stundenbuch des Engelbert von Nassau
Origin
Belgium
Date
ca. 1470–1490
Style
Language
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
G. Brazilla – New York, 1970
Facsimile Editions

#1 A Book of Hours for Engelbert of Nassau

G. Brazilla – New York, 1970

Publisher: G. Brazilla – New York, 1970
Commentary: 1 volume by Jonathan Alexander
Language: English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of 115 pages of the 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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