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Opening from The Fitzwilliam Book of Hours

One of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s finest manuscripts, the Fitzwilliam Book of Hours was made around 1510, probably in Bruges. It represents the last and most flamboyant period of manuscript production. Four distinct artists, including some of the foremost Flemish illuminators of the time, collaborated on this volume, recycling popular patterns and combining standard motifs in imaginative ways to create innovative page designs, complex text-image amalgams, and three-dimensional illusion. Such flights of artistic imagination and ingenuity were intended to satisfy the growing demand for richly illuminated manuscripts and to counteract the success of mass-produced printed Books of Hours.