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Illuminated manuscript; binding - Book of Hours (Penitential Psalms, Office of the Dead, Suffrages only), in Latin]
  • Book of Hours (Penitential Psalms, Office of the Dead, Suffrages only), in Latin]
    Bening, Simon, born 1483 - died 1561
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Book of Hours (Penitential Psalms, Office of the Dead, Suffrages only), in Latin]

  • Object:

    Illuminated manuscript; binding

  • Date:

    c. 1520-1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bening, Simon, born 1483 - died 1561 (illuminator)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case Case 1

Physical description

64 leaves, bound


c. 1520-1530 (made)


Bening, Simon, born 1483 - died 1561 (illuminator)


Height: 184 mm, Width: 130 mm

Object history note

Collection of Eric Sexton (1902-1980); bought by the NAL at Christie's, New York, 22 May 1981, lot 10.

Descriptive line

Incomplete book of hours, Southern Low Countries, c. 1520-1530, illuminated in the style of Simon Bening (c. 1483-1561)
Layout: single columns of 17 lines.
Script: Written in a large gothic rotunda. Latin.
Decoration: 2 full-page miniatures, each facing a full-page historiated border and a large illuminated initial D; 5 smaller miniatures of saints within full-page borders of flowers, fruit, leaves, insects, birds and animals; illuminated initials throughout on grounds of red, blue and green. Apart from the possible strengthening of the blue, white and red on david's garments in the first miniature the decoration is in fine condition and of high quality, possibly by Simon Bening.
Binding: 17th century Amsterdam binding of red morocco gilt with characteristic bird-roll outer border, large central gilt panel enclosing a lozenge centrepiece, g.e. ; modern cloth case.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R. Watson, Western illuminated manuscripts (London, 2011), v.2, no. 139.




National Art Library; Medieval and renaissance; Manuscripts

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National Art Library

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