Book of Hours

 

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Books of Hours were among the more popular illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe. These were personal devotional objects, only available to the upper classes, because each page is handwritten and hand-illuminated. I have been playing around with lines and color in the studio. I have also been researching Irish monastic practices, such as transcribing and illuminating manuscripts, for a Fulbright proposal. With these two things swirling around in my mind, I decided to make my own interpretation of a Book of Hours. Each page is a “prayer” for a different time of day: Matins were very early morning prayers (hence nocturn) to be said in anticipation of the next day. Lauds is a prayer for first light, dawn. Prime is the first hour of daylight. Terce, the third hour after dawn, is midmorning. Sext is noon. None is mid afternoon. Vespers is the evening prayer, said at sunset. And compline is a night prayer. For more information about Books of Hours and some medieval examples, visit http://www.medievalbooksofhours.com.

 

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