Madrid, Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, Inv. 15452

Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin Facsimile Edition

Our price

More Buying Choices

Request Info

The Weaving Virgin

The codex, perfectly preserved, owes its name to the illumination on f. 91 that represents the Virgin sitting on the loom. Gothic script characterizes this codex and all sheets are decorated with wide frames on the borders. The 15 full-page miniatures visually divide the parts that usually compose prayer books. According to the in-depth study by Elisa Ruiz García and the scientific comment by François Avril, this codex was made in a Parisian workshop around the middle of the 15th century, during the golden period of the French-Flemish illumination.

This manuscript is made with the finest vellum and highly refined pigments, using an excellent traditional technique, and it is exquisitely decorated and illustrated. The lack of over-ornamentation in the margins, the serene beauty of the miniatures, and the elegance of all the little details make this manuscript a perfect example of the French style at that time.

Along with the standard parts usually found in Books of Hours, such as the calendar, the officium parvum of the Virgin Mary, Penitential Psalms, the Office of the Dead and intercessions, this example contains also the canonical Obsecro te and O intemerata, the Hours of the Cross, the Hours of the Holy Spirit and a representative collection of intercessions.

According to the traditions established in this world of pious practices, what is represented here follows the Roman style. The traditional stylistic features would keep in step with the new influences appearing in these cultural records, and this manuscript represents the pinnacle of literary technique due to its classical perfection.

The Lázaro Galdiano Foundation

The manuscript is held in the prestigious Foundation in Madrid, named after Lázaro Galdiano, famous scholar and collector, in 1947. The library is one of the richest in Spain and stands out for its medieval codices and for the huge amount of documents and works concerning Iberian literature.

The manuscript is in perfect state: this witnesses not only the extreme accuracy that the collector used in choosing pieces of art, but also the extraordinary care he always required for his masterpieces.

Binding description


We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin": Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora facsimile edition, published by Millennium Liber, 2002

Request Info / Price
Manuscript book description compiled by Facsimile Finder Staff.
Please Read
International social justice movements and the debates that ensued prompted us to start considering the contents of our website from a critical point of view. This has led us to acknowledge that most of the texts in our database are Western-centered. We have asked the authors of our content to be aware of the underlying racial and cultural bias in many scholarly sources, and to try to keep in mind multiple points of view while describing the manuscripts. We also recognize that this is yet a small, first step towards fighting inequality.

If you notice any trace of racist or unjust narratives in our communications, please help us be part of the change by letting us know.

Libro de Horas de la Virgen Tejedora

Madrid: Millennium Liber, 2002

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Ruiz García, Elisa
  • Limited Edition: 1015 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Book of Hours of the Weaving Virgin: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.
Printed on paper that resembles aged parchment. Old-style folds sewn with vegetable thread. Facsimile and commentary presented in a case.
Distributed in Italy by Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte.



Our Price

More Buying Choices

Request Info