Manuscript 3

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Index of Selected Images from the Manuscript  
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MS 3 is a Book of Hours consisting of 161 leaves with text written in Gothic bookhand in brown ink and special feasts in the calendar written in blue ink. The main text has a layout of one column and 15 rows of text per page. The predominance of French saints suggests an origin of France and the appearance of a feast on the calendar for St. Bernardine of Siena points to a date of post-1450, the year of his canonization. Three feasts for St. Martin of Tours would suggest an association with Tours or Regimont which are directly related to the saint or his relics.

In addition to decorative initials and end-of-row space-fillers, the MS includes 20 major miniatures with decorative borders. Border are ornamented with foliage, flora, and fruits and are inhabited with both realistic and whimsical, fantastical, hybrid creatures or drolleries. Predominant colors in the artwork are blue, green, red, and gold. One miniature includes a depiction of the patrons or owners (one man, one woman) kneeling before the Virgin & Child.

The text includes a calendar, Gospel readings, the Hours of the Virgin, the Penitential Psalms, Litany, Office of the Dead, Suffrages to the saints, Prayer to Christ on the Cross, and the Stabat Mater.

For more details on this manuscript, see the description of the MS 3 in table format. Sources for description information are available through the Citations link and other relevant sources, print and electronic, through the Additional References link.

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Index of Selected Images from MS 3

f.13r, Evangelists

f.20r, Virgin & Child, patrons/owners (of manuscript)

f.25r, Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

f.37r, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth

ff.48v-49r, Crucifixion & accompanying text

f.48v, Crucifixion

f.50r, Pentecost

ff.51v-52r, Nativity & accompanying text

f.51v, Nativity

f.59r, Annunciation to the Shepherds

ff.64v-65r, Adoration of the Magi & accompanying text

f.64v, Adoration of the Magi

ff.69v-70r, Presentation in the Temple & accompanying text

f.69v, Presentation in the Temple

f.75r, Flight into Egypt

f.83r, Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

f.88r, King David

f.106r, Job on the Dungheap

f.138r, St. Sebastian

f.143v, St. Barbara

ff.148v-149r, Baptism of Christ & accompanying text

f.148v, Baptism of Christ

f.151r, St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata

ff.151v-152r, Celebration of the Mass & accompanying text

f.152r, Celebration of the Mass

f.154r, Pieta



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