An Intimate Art:
12 Books of Hours for 2012
This exhibition presents twelve Books of Hours to celebrate the opening of our New York gallery on 23 East 73rd Street in May 2012. We have carefully selected a diverse group of Books of Hours that date from the origins of the genre in the thirteenth century to its final usage in the sixteenth century.
"Books of Hours are probably the most famous of all medieval illuminated manuscripts, but they are quite unlike other kinds of books, for all sorts of reasons. First of all, Books of Hours have no narrative text, they hardly mention the Virgin Mary at all, the pictures do not illustrate the text, these are not library books. No one can claim an understanding of the late Middle Ages who has not read a Book of Hours in bed." (C. de Hamel)