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The Black Hours

The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions - The Black Hours

A blue man reading a book by the light of a lamp hanging from a hook attached to his hat. Marginalia from a six-volume Gradual, tempera + gold leaf + ink on parchment, Italian, circa 1460-1480 (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, ms. Ludwig VI 2).

Turkish Miniature, Noah's Ark. A fanciful gold leaf ark with private port holes for the animals is portrayed in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature painted on a page from a 19th century Islamic manuscript.

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How to give a dragon indigestion

Gilt Pleasures blog - Illuminated Manuscript, Book of Hours, St. Margaret, Walters Manuscript W.168, fol. 222r by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr. Margaret of Antioch having her robes gummed to death by the devil. The story goes that he ate her and because she was so holy, he threw her up. People are weird.

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Of the tribe of Tiger

From a French Book of Hours, c. 1470.

Manuscript of the ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of Creation) of Qazwini, with 253 paintings : manuscript, 17th century. Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer in memory of Eric Schroeder, 1972.3, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Folio 102r (dragon).

A woman cuts grapes from a vine and collects them in a basket. This is one of the labors of the months used for September, the time of year at which grapes are harvested.

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Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

The Mouth of Hell :The Hours of Catherine of Cleves c1440

Detail of a miniature of George fighting the dragon, in a Book of Hours: France, c. 1430-1440 (London, British Library, MS Harley 2900, f. 55r).