Book of Hours, use of Utrecht

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours, use of Utrecht

Item Info

Item No: mca1312342
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Utrecht
Script: Gothic bookhand
Language: Dutch
Folio Number: f. 234v
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Instruments of the Passion
Notes: This miniature depicts the Instruments of the Passion of Christ, or the "Arma Christi" (Weapons of Christ) as they are sometimes called. These are the objects associated with the pain and suffering that Christ experienced leading up to his death on the Cross. Here, (from left to right and down), the crown of thorns, a spear, a lance with a sponge, a cross, four nails, a hand that struck Christ, two scourges, another hand holding a lock of Christ's hair, a column, nail pincers, and hammer are revered as the weapons with which Christ defeated sin and saved mankind. The inscription on the scroll woven through the heart representing Christ tells the reader "This is my rest for ever and ever." Below the miniature is a poem reminding the reader that "In Jesus' cross and in his wounds, one can find rest at all hours."

This book of hours contains the Dutch translations of some of the devotional texts typically found in Latin books of hours. The Dutch translations were made around 1380 by Geert Groote, one of the founders of a popular religious movement in the Netherlands. Known as the Devotio Moderna, or "Modern Devotion," the movement emphasized devotion to the life and humanity of Christ and aimed to enhance the spiritual lives of the laity.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1606296
Country: Country:Netherlands

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1460
Image Dimensions Width: 158 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 131
Creator Name: Geert Groote (translator) - Author