The Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France, created in the late 15th century, is currently preserved in the Bibliothèque Municipale de Grenoble. The manuscript takes its name from the town of Grenoble, for, starting from the 11th century it was the capital of the Dauphiné region. In France, the dolphin was a dynastic title employed between 1349 and 1830 and reserved to the heir apparent to the throne of France.
Jean and Jacquelin de Montluçon
Written in Latin and composed of 128 pages, out of which 120 are completely illuminated, The Book of Hours of the Dauphin of France is the work of the artists Jean and Jacquelin de Montluçon, also known with the last name Molisson. Father and son, the former born in Montluçon in 1417 and the latter in Bourges in 1463, were great masters of a workshop active in the town of Bourges between 1461 and 1505. Among the many works produced in their workshop, several illuminated manuscript have reached modern times almost entirely preserved, in addition to a few altarpieces. Upon the father’s death in 1494, Jacqueline took over the reins of the workshop. To him we owe the existence of the famous altarpiece known as the Adoration of the baby of Chambery, produced between 1496 and 1498.