Modern Devotion

Until 26 February 2010, the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam will be showing 25 Books of Hours, from plain manuals to little treasures. The phenomenon of the Book of Hours is placed in the context of the Modern Devotion, the spiritual movement which deeply influenced late medieval The delicate miniatures and marginal decorations not only show how commitment to the work’s devotional message was matched with an eye for splendid detail. They also offer an excellent sample of the artistic achievements of Dutch artists at work in the fifteenth century.