book of hours

Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

book of hours,

form of prayer book developed in the 14th cent. from the prayers of clerics appended to the main service. The subjects of the miniature illustrations (see miniature paintingminiature painting
[Ital.,=artwork, especially manuscript initial letters, done with the red lead pigment minium; the word originally had no implication as to size].
..... Click the link for more information.
) were frequently derived from the appendix of the Psalter. The book of hours served as a devotional work containing various prayers and meditations appropriate to seasons, months, days of the week, and hours of the day. Many such books are masterpieces of illuminationillumination,
in art, decoration of manuscripts and books with colored, gilded pictures, often referred to as miniatures (see miniature painting); historiated and decorated initials; and ornamental border designs.
..... Click the link for more information.
 and were symbols of refinement and wealth in fashionable houses of the 15th cent. Jean, duc de Berry, was among the most renowned collectors of books of hours, and his Très Riches Heures (Musée Condé, Chantilly), illustrated in part by the Limbourg brothersLimbourg brothers
, fl. 1380–1416, family of Franco-Flemish manuscript illuminators. The Limbourg brothers, Pol, Jan, and Herman, were trained as goldsmiths. They succeeded Jacquemart de Hesdin in 1411 as court painters to Jean, duc de Berry.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (c.1415), is among the greatest achievements in this genre.
References in periodicals archive ?
Both purchases were entirely donor-funded; the Bible cost about $172,000, while the Book of Hours cost about $39,000.
Critique: Truly exceptional, inspired and inspiring, "Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers" is very highly recommended for pastoral and lay readers alike.
In Through the Vanishing Point (1968) McLuhan illustrates a leaf of the most renowned book of hours, the Limbourg brothers' Tres Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry, of 1412-16, a mainstay for generalisations about medieval manuscript painting, notwithstanding its later 15th-century additions and possible Italian influence, presenting the 'winter' page, for February, this in comparison with Shakespearean winter.
It's a realization that only heightens the bittersweet impact of Book of Hours.
For more information on Beautiful Mercy/A Book of Hours, visit www.
As with Book of Hours, the contact veered between affectionate and combative, but the movement was more athletic and the stillnesses more dramatic.
Some of the extraordinary and beautifully-preserved pieces on show include a book of homilies belonging to Pope Gregory the Great, from the late 12th century, a prayer book belonging to Cardinal Wolsey, the cardinal to Henry VIII, dating between 1400 - 1420, and a book of hours signed by Elizabeth Plantagenet (Elizabeth of York).
The first, an Italian Book of Hours (late 15th or early 16th century), was judged robust enough to be photographed in its entirety, despite showing slight wear from use over the centuries.
The book of hours was the most intimate and important book of the late Middle Ages and that intimacy has left its physical trace in the margins, flyleaves, and blank spaces of those that survive.
A Book of Hours by Thomas Merton and Kathleen Deignan (Sorin Books)
THE latest addition to the Palace Green library is an illuminated Book of Hours.
Always enjoyable is the occasional humorous element, such as human/ animal hybrid figures, or "drolleries," in the margins of the printed Book of Hours, little caricatures of people's faces drawn in where one might not expect them in one of the antiphonaries, and whimsical animals such as the three tiny rabbits running along the lower border of a law manuscript.