This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Book of Hours: The Art of Medieval Manuscript Illumination Art-full Friday Afternoon Lecture/Seminar Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Code: 1H0669 Location: This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text Black Hours, a small manuscript written and illuminated on vellum that is stained or painted black From the late Middle Ages to the early Renaissance, the Book of Hours, filled with groups of prayers designed for use by lay people, was more in demand than the Bible itself. Though the texts differed, at the heart of all these popular manuscripts was the Hours of the Virgin, a sequence of prayers to the Mother of God meant to be recited at various times throughout the entire day. Also contributing to the books’ popularity were their brilliant illuminations, paintings meant to inspire reflection and devotion. There could be anywhere from perhaps a dozen in some books to thousands of illuminations in manuscripts created for wealthy patrons. Roger S. Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden curator and department head of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum, explores the textual and pictorial riches to be found within the pages of these fascinating books. World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit* Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. *Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.