Leaf from a Breviary

Accession Number

Leaf from a Breviary


Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1460

Medium & Support
ink, tempera and gold on parchment

9 3/8 x 6 13/16 in. (23.8 x 17.2 cm);9 3/8 x 6 13/16 in. (23.81 x 17.15 cm);7 3/8 x 5 in. (18.73 x 12.7 cm);4 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (11.11 x 11.43 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
A breviary as ornate as this one probably belonged to either an important abbot or a wealthy noble. The initial "I" at the bottom of the page marks the beginning of Psalm 42: "Judge me, O Lord...."
The breviary contains the elements of the Divine Office, a daily cycle of prayer performed by a community of monks. The core of the Divine Office is the Psalms, which are enriched with music and lessons from the Bible. The borders of the leaf displayed here are richly decorated with a meshwork of tendrils bearing gold leaves and colorful flowers.
A breviary as ornate as this one may have belonged to an important abbot. The initial "I" at the bottom of the page marks the beginning of Psalms 42: "Judge me, O Lord…."
Gallery display label text by Curator Annette Dixon, March 2002

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Text-based Art
decorated initial

2 Related Resources

Introduction to Manuscripts and Early Print
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Music and Musicians
(Part of: Music + Art for Educators)

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