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Intimate Rituals: Books of Hours and the Form of Interiority

February 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime lecture:

Intimate Rituals: Books of Hours and the Form of Interiority

By Marianna Stell

February 16, 2021, 12:00p.m

The canon of art history often privileges novelty—images that break the mold, artworks that depart from prior styles, artists who rebel against accepted conventions. By this standard, the artists who created medieval Books of Hours, the most popular prayer book of the later middle ages, are rarely remarkable. Prayer books are by nature formulaic. Though never officially standardized by the Catholic Church, Books of Hours include a customary combination of particular prayers most often accompanied by traditional image cycles. What space does this form leave for creativity? How does this conscious use of repetition lend itself to an imaginative process? Drawing upon examples of Books of Hours and breviaries from the nation’s Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Collection, Marianna Stell from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress invites you to join a reflection on the role of ritual in a particularly medieval understanding of creativity.


The event will begin at 12:00 p.m., but we will open the waiting room 15 minutes early to give everyone time to get settled in before the talk begins.

Even though there is no cost for this event, members must RSVP by February 15th so we can send you an email with login instructions prior to the event.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours in advance of the program.

We hope you will join us!

Amanda Zimmerman,
WRBG President

Questions? Contact us! washingtonrarebookgroup@gmail.com


February 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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