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Sforza Hours Miniature of St Mark and his lion at the beginning of the Gospel excerpts, Add MS 34294, f. 10v - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/illuminated-manuscripts/page/3/#sthash.fJxz8r5T.dpuf

The “Black Book of Hours” Bruges c.1466-1475 The “Black Book of Hours” is so called, because the parchment was dyed to a deep black color before it was written and decorated.

Assumption of the Virgin into Heaven, page from the Sforza Hours medieval illuminated manuscript, originally produced in Milan, c. 1490 / British Library

Visconti Hours ~ The Hours of Giangaleazzo Visconti is a Roman-liturgy illuminated Book of Hours that was commissioned by the ruler of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, in Italy in the late 14th century. The Visconti Hours is the preeminent Italian example of the numerous surviving Books of Hours produced during the late Middle Ages, mainly in countries north of Italy, for the private devotional use of wealthy lay persons.