In order to commemorate an individual, medieval artists sometimes included portraits of their patrons in works of art. This book of hours includes two portraits of its female owner, both preceding prayers 🙏 to the Virgin Mary. In both of her appearances in this book, the patron wears an elaborate hairstyle 💇and a gown fashionable at the time👗. The book may have been kept in her family as an heirloom, and centuries later, museums like the Getty preserve these heritage objects for millions of visitors to enjoy. This manuscript is the exhibition "Illuminating Women in the Medieval World," ✨now on view through Sept. 17. Learn more via the link in our bio.
The Virgin and Child and a Woman in Prayer, about 1410, Follower of the Egerton Master. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment.