Item No: mca1041191
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Rome
Latin; French (calendar and rubrics)
Rare Book Department
This miniature begins the Hours of the Passion. Christ's Agony in the Garden marks the start of his Passion, which encompasses the events immediately leading up to his death. During his moment of anguish in the garden of Gethsemane, Christ prays to God to "take this cup" from him before finally accepting his fate. In the foreground of the image, the disciples Peter, James, and John sleep throughout Christ's ordeal.
This book of hours was most likely made in the Flemish town of Mons, in the province of Hainaut, as the calendar includes feast days for saints particular to Mons, including Waudru, a saint from the town and for whom the monastery in Mons was dedicated, her sister St. Aldegund, and her husband St. Vincent. Special prayers to Waudru and Vincent are also included.
Agony in the Garden
This manuscript can be dated to ca. 1460-1470.
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Lewis E 104