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  • The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, ca. 1324–28
    Jean Pucelle (French, active in Paris, ca. 1320–34)
    Made in Paris
    Grisaille and tempera on vellum; 3 1/2 x 2 7/16 in. (8.9 x 6.2 cm)
    The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.2)

    The 209 folios of The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux include 25 full-page paintings with paired images from the Infancy and Passion of Christ and scenes of the life of Saint Louis. The figures are rendered in delicate grisaille (shades of gray) that imparts an amazingly sculptural quality, and the images are accented with rich reds and blues and touches of orange, yellow, pink, lilac, and turquoise. In the margins, close to 700 illustrations depict the bishops, beggars, street dancers, maidens, and musicians that peopled the streets of medieval Paris, as well as apes, rabbits, dogs, and creatures of sheer fantasy. All are brought to life by the keen observation, accomplished draftsmanship, and consummate imagination of the artist.

    This lavishly illustrated prayer book (Book of Hours) was created between 1324 and 1328 for Jeanne d'Evreux, queen of France, by the celebrated Parisian illuminator Jean Pucelle (active ca. 1320–34) and was intended for use by the queen during private prayer throughout the course of the day. Upon her death in 1371, Jeanne d'Evreux left the prayer book to King Charles V. At his death, the book entered the collection of another much lauded bibliophile, his brother Jean, Duke of Berry.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Small Things

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  • The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, ca. 1324–28
    Jean Pucelle (French, active in Paris, ca. 1320–34)
    Made in Paris
    Grisaille and tempera on vellum; 3 1/2 x 2 7/16 in. (8.9 x 6.2 cm)
    The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.2)

    15v–16r
    The Betrayal of Christ and The Annunciation

    61v–62r
    Christ Carrying the Cross and The Annunciation to the Shepherds

    68v–69r
    The Crucifixion and The Adoration of the Magi

    82v–83r
    The Entombment and The Flight into Egypt

    102v–103r
    A Miracle of Saint Louis and The Education of Saint Louis

    148v–149r
    Saint Louis Washes the Feet of the Poor and Text Page of the Office of Saint Louis

    142v–143r
    Saint Louis Administers to the Sick, and Text Page of the Office of Saint Louis

    The whole manuscript opened to text page to show scale.

    123v
    Lauds: Feeding of the Leprous Monk

    143r
    Text Page of the Office of Saint Louis


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