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15th Century Illustrations of Costume from
Mary of Burgundy’s Book of Hours
f74v, Christ before Pilate, 1470s





Mary of Burgundy’s Book of Hours
1470s
MASTER of Mary of Burgundy (active 1469-1483 in Ghent)
Manuscript (Codex Vindobonensis 1857), 225 x 163 mm (folio size)
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna

This manuscript contains the Book of Hours according to the use of Rome. It contains prayers and devotions for the private use and edification of the laity. It undoubtedly ranks among the most important works of art ever made in the late Middle Ages. It was originally designed for Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, as a book of mourning, however, the copy in Vienna was conferred a totally different decorative character in 1477 when it was redesigned for Charles’ daughter, Mary of Burgundy, on the occasion of her marriage to Maximilian of Austria.

Several illuminators worked on the 20 full-page and 16 small-format miniatures in the manuscript, among them the Master of Mary of Burgundy, Simon Marmion and Willem Vrelant.

The miniature on folio 74v depicts the scene Christ before Pilate.
Source: Web Gallery of Art
Crucifixion, Mary of Burgundy’s Book of Hours, 1470s



See a hat similar to Pilate's in Wallpainting of Manuel Laskaris Chatzikes, c.1445, Pantanassa, Mistra, Laconia, Greece