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Comparisons of Books of Hours
The Lipscomb Book of Hours is one of thousands of Books of Hours created between the 13th and 16th centuries. While the Lipscomb Book of Hours is in no way as elaborately illuminated as the most famous Books of Hours, it does have a number of qualities that show its fundamental similarities to other Books of Hours. It is organized, as all Books of Hours were, beginning with a calendar and them moving on to different sections dedicated to different devotional prayers. Within the pages there are also some striking similarities to other books of hours. Like other Books of Hours feasts and prayers of particular importance are written in red lettering. The first letter on a new page, or beginning a new prayer is enlarged and ornamented, often with gold leaf. The Lipscomb Book of Hours also has the blue and red colored bars used as spacers between the prayers that can be seen in many other Books of Hours. The illumination in the Lipscomb Book of Hours pages is also very similar to other books of hours. The primary colors used are red for the flowers, green for small leaves, blue and gold for large ornate leaves, and black and gold for the detailed vines. However, unlike other Books of Hours, the Lipscomb manuscript has no pictures. The final similarity is in the gothic style lettering used which is the most common in Books of Hours.
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These pages are the work of the students enrolled in Art 238, "Art and Medieval Mentalities," taught by Professor Christine Hamza during the Spring Semester, 2003.
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