Book of Hours
Structure & Illustration

Every Book of Hours is unique. Its content—textual and pictorial—can vary enormously from volume to volume. Nevertheless, there are certain sections that are standard and are found in most Books of Hours, and the subjects of the miniatures that usually illustrate them are likewise standard.

Images
Text
01

Calendar

Labors

Zodiac

02

Gospel lessons

John on Patmos

Luke

Matthew

Mark

03

Hours of the virgin

Infancy cycle

Matins

Annunciation

Lauds

Visitation

Prime

Nativity

Terce

Annunciation to Shepherds

Sext

Adoration of Magi

None

Presentation

Vespers

Flight into Egypt

Or Massacre of the Innocents

Compline

Coronation of the Virgin

Or Flight into Egypt

Or Massacre of the Innocents

Passion cycle

Matins

Annunciation