The Belles Heures is an illuminated manuscript created in the early 1400s with ink, tempera and gold leaf on vellum by the brothers Herman, Paul and Johan Limbourg who were commissioned by Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Meaning Beautiful Hours, the manuscript was a private devotional for Jean to keep his prayers throughout the hours of the day. The manuscript contained much iconography of saints and important stories from the bible. The book is the most complete remaining from the Duc's library, containing 94 pages and 54 column illuminations. Today, the Belles Heures manuscript is kept in the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

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The Annunciation from Belles Heures



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Jean, duc of Berry, in Prayer






The Met's description of the Belles Heures can be found at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/manu/ho_54.1.1.htm