New York, The Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.451

Van Damme Hours Facsimile Edition

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Simon Bening’s masterpieces include, among others, the so-called Flowers Book of Hours (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, CLM 23637), the Prayer Book of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg (Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum) and the Da Costa Book of Hours (New York, Pierpont Morgan Library).

The Manuscript – Fine Art in a Small Format

The scribe of the Book of Hours Antonius van Damme had a professional and surely personal relationship with the painter Simon Benin for nearly fifty years. Even though Simon Bening was not officially named the painter of the miniatures, the Van Damme Hours contains all of those stylistic and iconographic elements that comprise the handsome œuvre of Bening.

These include delightful calendar images filled with charming vignettes of agrarian labours and aristocratic leisures; religious scenes infused with quiet, meditative dignity; the use of the dramatic close-up; deep, lush landscapes; borders made up of cloth-of-gold or strewn with flowers, birds, and the occasional snail or insect; and the keen observation of the details and textures of everyday objects such as cloth, stone, musical instruments, and jewels.

Portrayal of Everyday Reality

In the Van Damme Hours Simon Bening created 32 incredibly realistic full-page miniatures. It is as if one could almost delve into the page and actually touch its figures.

The 32 initial pages with their highly deco-rative flowered borders are placed opposite and in -fascinating contrast to the full-page miniatures. The 12 calendar pictures in particular illustrate the reality of everyday life in the 16th century with their minute attention to detail.

The borders portray a wealth of detailed observations taken from the various monthly activities: the rich celebrating, hunting and snugly enjoying the warmth of their homes, while farmers work the fields and vineyards, collect the harvest and take care of the animals.

All of these activities, be they pleasurable or arduous, take place against a backdrop of the change of the seasons, in turn reflecting a realistic picture of 16th century life.

Binding description

Red velvet (18th Century). Silver filigree chemise in red morocco case.

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Van Damme Hours":

#1 Das Van-Damme Stundenbuch (Deluxe Edition)

Lucerne or Munich: Faksimile Verlag, 2013

  • Commentary (English) by Wieck, Roger S.
  • Limited Edition: 98 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

The facsimile edition of the Van Damme Hours with the paintings of Simon Bening is an exact copy of the original held by the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.With the help of modern technology and sparing no cost, all of the pages were photographed, lithographed and printed in several stages. 

The Commentary Volume

Roger S. Wieck, the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum has written an easily readable commentary on the history of the manuscript. Descriptions of the paintings, as well as transcriptions and translations help the reader to understand the content of the work and provide a key to the spiritual and visual world of the 16th century.

Binding

The 98 copies of the Deluxe Edition possess a genuine copy of the silver filigree Venetian binding from the 18th century, in which the manuscript is preserved today.

The facsimile and commentary volume are presented in a fine leather box with a transparent “window” allowing the delicate binding to be admired even when the box is closed.

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#2 Das Van-Damme Stundenbuch (Standard Edition)

Lucerne or Munich: Faksimile Verlag, 2013

  • Commentary (English) by Wieck, Roger S.
  • Limited Edition: 882 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

The facsimile edition of the Van Damme Hours with the paintings of Simon Bening is an exact copy of the original held by the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. With the help of modern technology and sparing no cost, all of the pages were photographed, lithographed and printed in several stages.

The Commentary Volume

Roger S. Wieck, the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum has written an easily readable commentary on the history of the manuscript. Descriptions of the paintings, as well as transcriptions and translations help the reader to understand the content of the work and provide a key to the spiritual and visual world of the 16th century.

Binding

Leather cover with gold embossing. The facsimile and commentary volume are presented in a fine leather box with a transparent “window” allowing the delicate binding to be admired even when the box is closed.

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Only for Registered Users

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