Exhibition explores the patterns of medieval patronage through books of hours

Exhibition explores the patterns of medieval patronage through books of hours

Books of hours were among the most widely produced and used manuscripts in the Middle Ages. These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers (over a day, a year, or a lifetime) but met an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion. Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, from August 31, 2021 through February 20, 2022, offers a glimpse of the many ways medieval Christians sought to understand the most significant aspects of their lives—love, labor, and death, among others—as bound by the passage of time. “This exhibition draws upon a major strength of the Museum’s holdings as books of hours comprise nearly a fourth of the manuscript collection,” said Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle director of the J.
Books of hours were among the most widely produced and used manuscripts in the Middle Ages. These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers (over a day, a year, or a lifetime) but met an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion. Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, from August 31, 2021 through February 20, 2022, offers a glimpse of the many ways medieval Christians sought to understand the most significant aspects of their lives—love, labor, and death, among others—as bound by the passage of time. “This exhibition draws upon a major strength of the Museum’s holdings as books of hours comprise nearly a fourth of the manuscript collection,” said Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle director of the J.