Itinerancy and Devotional Efficacy in Late-Fourteenth Century Books of Hours
Orario & Sede
02 déc. 2021, 17:00 – 19:00
ID: 941 306 0862
Lecturer: Maggie Crosland
The Saint Louis Art Museum and Washington University in St. Louis
Title: Itinerancy and Devotional Efficacy in Late-Fourteenth Century Books of Hours
Abstract: As an object-type, the book of hours is often discussed in how they guide their users through time, presenting a devotional schedule that evokes the past to achieve spiritual goals in the future. This presentation, instead, will explore how the expectation of daily use that is inherent to a book of hours is sometimes articulated not only through the reinforcement of devotional time, but through evocations of different types of physical space. Focusing on a group of manuscripts made for members of the Valois family in the late fourteenth century, this paper will consider visual, archival, and codicological evidence to demonstrate that the near constant movements of figures like Philip the Bold and Jean de Berry served a critical role in the devotional efficacy of their illuminated prayer books.