Photo: Gregory Houston
Photo: a disciple of late Robert Boyvin, “the adoration of The magi”, circa 1500 (1495-1505), Rouen, folio from a book of hours, manuscript in latin, for the use of Rouen (detail). Montreal, McGill University library, rare books and special collections, bequest of Catherine Rhodes Tudor-Hart, 1972.
As you can read in the Catalogue raisonné of the books of hours preserved in Quebec — work directed by Brenda Dunn-Lardeau —, 24 books of hours, manuscript and printed, are preserved in the province.
This is in addition to a few related parts, fragments of works dismembered… Of works produced between 1225 and 1583. Fifty of these treasures are to honor until Sunday at the Museum of fine arts of Montreal in a very neat and very well documented. We learn how the books of hours, books of private devotion “focused on the Office of the Virgin” — were in fact often, as well as many other illuminated manuscripts, dismembered from the Seventeenth century.
It was then put forward some pages, just as you would with small tables…
Books of hours from the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth century in the collections of the Quebec. Until 6 January at the MMFA.