The luxurious personal prayer book known as the Spinola Hours is one of the most visually sophisticated Flemish manuscripts of the 16th century.
We are honoured to feature this unparalleled example of illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum as part of our collaborative collection.
The original manuscript contained a calendar of Church holidays, hours, offices and masses, as well as prayers, hymns and readings, all richly illuminated as seen in the page reproduced here.
This particular example of a page from the manuscript extends these contents with a special series of weekday offices and masses, providing even more possibilities for rich illuminations.
Initially the book was undoubtedly commissioned for a wealthy patron. In the 1700s it belonged to the Spinola family in Genoa, from whom it takes its modern name.
Our Spinola Hours design is available as an ultra, midi and mini softcover Flexi notebook.