Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Item Info

Item No: mca0860652
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Bourges
Script: Bastarda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: f. 65v
Source: Rare Book Department

The Nativity and Adoration of the Christ Child


This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1500.

Notes: The miniature above the text depicts the Adoration of the Christ Child, a popular late medieval variation on the traditional Nativity scene in which the Virgin lies on a bed and the Christ Child is laid in a manger. In the miniature below, Joseph is shown participating in the care of the newborn. Often in the iconography of the Nativity, Joseph is placed off to the side as a mere bystander in the events surrounding the birth of Christ. This scene reflects changing attitudes in the late Middle Ages regarding the role of Joseph as the loving foster-father of the Son of God. The prayer written between the two scenes, "Deus in adiutorium meum intende" (Incline unto my aid, O Lord), begins Prime of the Hours of the Virgin.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1457696
Country: Country:France
City/Town/Township:Bourges ?

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1510
Image Dimensions Width: 168 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 86