This is the very first exhibition at the MMFA dedicated to books of hours in medieval and Renaissance art. It is an opportunity to discover an overlooked legacy through a remarkable selection of illuminations and bound manuscripts conserved in Quebec, dating from the 13th to the 16th century. Books of hours were created for laypeople and were popularized by the Christian faithful. These manuscripts were for the most part personalized and illuminated with miniature paintings – or illuminations – illustrating the life of Christ, the saints or the Virgin Mary. They included a calendar of holy and religious feasts, passages from the gospels and prayers. The result of extensive academic research, the exhibition includes more than 50 artifacts (sheets, complete manuscripts, prints) offering a closer look of these treasures, which come from seven collections.
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University.