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Book of Hours (Use of Rome)

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A Book of Hours comprising 3 leaves and 197 folios (ff.): ff. 1 - 6v: Calendar (lacking January-Feb. 15, April 16-June 15, and November 16-December 31) ff. 2 - 29v: Hours of the Passion [begins imperfectly] ff. 30 - 36v: Hours of the Cross ff. 37 - 38v: [originally blank, with later pen...

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A 16th-century signature on f. 63v, "Giordano,"


Mid-15th century, produced in Flanders, probably Bruges, possibly for export to Italy [see note 1]. Possibly, in the 16th century, in Italy [see note 2]. By 1895, Mrs. Charles C. Perkins (Frances D. Bruen) (d. 1909) [see note 3]; 1909, by inheritance to her son, Charles B. Perkins [see note 4]; 1922, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1500 [see note 5]. (Accession date: March 2, 1922) NOTES: [1] The hand is slightly Italianate, and the book may have been produced for export - the use is of Rome. [2] A sixteenth-century signature on f. 63v, "Giordano," may indicate a later Italian provenance. [3] On loan to the MFA from Mrs. Charles C. Perkins from November 27, 1895 until her death in 1909. [4] Relent to the MFA by Charles B. Perkins from March 23, 1921. [5] MFA accession numbers 22.375-22.379 were purchased together for $1500.

Credit Line

Frank S. Adams Fund

Flemish (probably Bruges), Medieval (Gothic), about 1433–66

Place of Manufacture

Bruges (?), Flanders, modern Belgium


Overall (page dimensions): 9.9 x 6.9 cm (3 7/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and pencil (modern) with gold on parchment; bindings of leather over boards




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