Five Leaves from a Noted Breviary (Main View (.3.verso) / book image source)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

These leaves come from a breviary, a liturgical book that contains all the sung and spoken texts used in the Divine Office--the prescribed prayers recited by monks and nuns at set times of the day. Although the specific community of monks in northern Italy who originally used this manuscript is unknown, images of monks clothed in the black, hooded robes worn by members of the Benedictine order appear in many of the initials that decorate its pages.


  • Title: Five Leaves from a Noted Breviary (Main View (.3.verso) / book image source)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1420
  • Location Created: Northeastern Italy, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 46.5 × 34.6 cm (18 5/16 × 13 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Manuscript
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 86.ML.674
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 24
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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