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Publisher: BOOK OF HOURS
Title: Leaf on vellum from a printed Book of Hours with miniature of the Virgin of the Litanies.
Published: Paris, Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, ca. 1502

Size: 6.1 x 4.0 inches.
15.5 x 10.2 cm.
Colouring: In original colours.
Condition:  Printed on vellum in black with many initials hand painted in red, blue and gold. Vellum at the edges slightly soiled, as usual. Upper and right merging cropped into printed area.
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The full-page panel depicts The Virgin of the Litanies (120 x 77mm.) with 2 printed lines of text. The verso has 21 lines of printed text, surrounded by renaissance borders decorated with flowers, vases and a figures.
The miniature shows a Virgin in prayer, floating in air and surrounded by elements symbolizing her purity. This iconographic theme, the Virgin of the Litanies, developed in European art of the late 15th century and was one of the earliest attempts to represent the Immaculate Conception.
At this time in Paris, and in France as a whole, devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin was soaring, but it was thanks to the print that this particular iconography was so widely diffused.
The first such composition in this medium was provided by the atelier of Jean d’Ypres for the publisher Thielman Kerver, who as of 1497 was preparing a new cycle of illustrations for a printed Book of Hours (use of Rome).

In the long series of Pigouchet-Vostre Books of Hours, this edition is apparently the second, following that of 22 May 1496, to be illustrated with Pigouchet's second series of large metal cuts (Fairfax-Murray set 2), larger in size and more finely executed than the rather crude series of cuts used before 1496 (cf. Fairfax Murray French I, 253 and p. 289). .

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