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The Hours of Henry VIII: A Renaissance Masterpiece by Jean Poyet Hardcover – January, 2001

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A Book of Hours was a medieval collection of scriptural lessons and prayers for lay readers and a kind of religious day planner for the rich. Pierpont Morgan Library curators Wieck and William M. Voelkle and curatorial assistant K. Michelle Hearne have collaborated here to examine the Hours of Henry VIII, created around 1500 by French illuminator Jean Poyet. This study briefly explores the history of the Books of Hours and of the artists, who were much in demand to produce these works, as well as their imitators. The writing is conversational and interesting, though the lack of an index limits the book's research value. The bulk of the book consists of color plates and accompanying commentary. Handsomely drawn, the illustrations show each delicate brush stroke. One appendix details the physical arrangement of the Hours of Henry VIII; another examines the possible ownership and history of the Hours. Recommended for larger academic libraries, or specialized collections.DKaren Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Roger S. Wieck is Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library, New York. He is the author of Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art and Time Scantified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. William M. Voelkle is Curator and Head of the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Department at the Morgan Library, New York. K. Michelle Hearne is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller; 1 edition (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807614777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807614778
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,207,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The essays are information and the reproductions are well done. It shows a beautiful book and will be interesting to those who love Renaissance art or later books of hours. It makes an interesting comparison to the Tres Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry.
It shows beautiful paintings, I would not buy it if your primary interest is calligraphy. Very little calligraphy is shown.
Also, it is very doubtful that Henry VIII actually owned this book. Do not buy it if your main interest is in him. If you like art, though, it is a worthy purchace.
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