Yet another lovely Book of Hours at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, beautifully displayed at the Gallica site.
Here is Jesus teaching the elders in the temple. One does not often see one of these in a Book of Hours.
I discovered this Book of Hours a long time ago, during my earliest years on the Internet. It belongs to the Royal Library of the Netherlands. It might not look all that special but I've always loved this illustration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
Tonight I was looking for the word 'bagpipe' at Google Art, and came across this Nativity in an illuminated manuscript by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci, c. 1395. Take a close look - it's pretty special.
Days later: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has another leaf by the same artist.
The Belles Heures of the Duc de Berry was written and illuminated c. 1410. I've posted here before about the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition not too many years ago.
This page displays thumbnails of all of the pages at the Metropolitan Museum's special exhibition site. It doesn't include every leaf of the original but is still a sumptuous selection.
As it happens, I have inexpensive prints of the Annunciation and the St. Michael the Archangel pages, culled from a calendar printed in connection with the exhibition. They've been sitting around waiting to be framed for several years. Yesterday I finally took them to the local artist's shop to have proper mats cut. That's what brought them to mind this morning and gave rise to this post. Happy end-of-summer to all!
It's been a long time since I posted a link to an ''ordinary" book of hours. Here's one of my favorites, at the wonderful Digital Scriptorium -- HM 48. Strongly recommend you try the Medium or, better yet, Large images.