Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

A famous book of hours, made around 1410 for John duke of Berry (1340-1416). In English the title reads "The very rich hours of the duke of Berry". Berry was a province in central France.

About half of the illuminations in the book were made by the Van Limburg brothers, who served at the court of the art loving duke. A few years earlier they had completed another book of hours for John, called Les belles heures (the beautiful hours).

The brothers died in 1416 and left the book uncompleted. Several decades later, some parts were finished by the French artist Jean Colombe (c. 1430 - c. 1493).

The book contains 206 leaves of parchment. The pages measure 29 by 21 centimeters. Besides a calender and prayers the book contains eight full-page miniatures. It is kept in the Condé museum in Chantilly.

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