The Hours of Joanna I of Castile


The illuminations in this exceptional Book of Hours (also known as the London Rothschild Prayerbook) are the work of Gerard Horenbout, the leading Flemish illuminator of the 16th century, and Alexander Bening and his atelier, who painted most of the miniatures of the Suffrages of the Saints.

The miniatures are characterised by their three-dimensional realism and great sophistication, particularly those illustrating the Passion cycle. The faces charged with emotion, along with the liveliness and realism of the illuminated scenes make this codex one of the most impressive works by the Flemish artist.

The lavishness of the manuscript suggests that it was commissioned by a monarch. The references to St John the Baptist, St Ildephonsus and St Isidore are indicative of a member of the Spanish royalty: maybe Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castile.
The Hours of Joanna I of Castile




The illuminations in this exceptional Book of Hours (also known as the London Rothschild Prayerbook) are the work of Gerard Horenbout, the leading Flemish illuminator of the 16th century, and Alexander Bening and his atelier, who painted most of the miniatures of the Suffrages of the Saints.

The miniatures are characterised by their three-dimensional realism and great sophistication, particularly those illustrating the Passion cycle. The faces charged with emotion, along with the liveliness and realism of the illuminated scenes make this codex one of the most impressive works by the Flemish artist.

The lavishness of the manuscript suggests that it was commissioned by a monarch. The references to St John the Baptist, St Ildephonsus and St Isidore are indicative of a member of the Spanish royalty: maybe Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castile.

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The illuminations in this exceptional Book of Hours (also known as the London Rothschild Prayerbook) are the work of Gerard Horenbout, the leading Flemish illuminator of the 16th century, and Alexander Bening and his atelier, who painted most of the miniatures of the Suffrages of the Saints.

The miniatures are characterised by their three-dimensional realism and great sophistication, particularly those illustrating the Passion cycle. The faces charged with emotion, along with the liveliness and realism of the illuminated scenes make this codex one of the most impressive works by the Flemish artist.

The lavishness of the manuscript suggests that it was commissioned by a monarch. The references to St John the Baptist, St Ildephonsus and St Isidore are indicative of a member of the Spanish royalty: maybe Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castile.

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In this book you will find all the miniatures of this exceptionnal prayer book, full-colour, made for Joanna I of Castile, accompanied by a detailed explanation which will allow you to fully enjoy them.

Format: 210 x 300 mm
Pages: 432
Illustrations: 352
Languages: sold out
ISBN: 978-84-96400-15-3

CONTENTS:

From the editor to the reader

The social aspects and production of books of hours in late fifteenth-century Flanders

The Hours of Joanna of Castile: A regal masterpiece created by two ateliers


Iconographic analysis
Carlos Miranda García-Tejedor (Doctor in History)

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