Photos: Illuminated manuscripts
"St. Nicholas, Book of Devotions," Latin, France, 1557. Long before he moved to the North Pole, St. Nicholas was known for his kindness to children.
"The Fouquet Missal," Bourges, France, 1470–1475.
"Vanderbilt Hours," Bourges, France, last quarter 15th century.
"Hours, France, Use of Paris" (printed), augmented by illuminated leaves from a manuscript Book of Hours, Latin, 1475–1500.
"Hours, France, Latin," second half of 15th century.
"Hours, use of Paris, Latin, France," early 16th century.
"Hours, use of Paris" (printed), augmented by illuminated leaves from a manuscript Book of Hours, Latin, Paris; Rouen, 1475-1500.
These are nativity scenes from illuminated prayer books dating from the late 15th to early 16th century. Randomly chosen, these miniature paintings represent a tiny portion of the collection of illustrated books from the late Middle Ages to be found in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Visit the Beinecke Library's website to to browse the online collection of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.