On Demand - Book of Hours: Time, Desire, & Piety

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The first text read and owned throughout medieval  Europe by people at every level of literacy and class was the Book of Hours. Devotional texts containing daily prayers, these manuscripts quickly came to produce some of the most iconic artworks of the Middle Ages. Today many collectors regard Books of Hours as beautifully illuminated picture-books, but they can also provide unique insights into medieval lives and desires. Join Kristen Racaniello, Les Enluminures to discover the history, structure, and desirability of the medieval bestseller, the Book of Hours. 

Kristen Racaniello is a medievalist, curator, and writer   with an MPhil. in Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture. She joined Les Enluminures as Manager of the New York gallery in 2016 and is responsible for the New York gallery, writing, editing, producing, and hosting the Les Enluminures podcast, and for virtual content production at the gallery. Her 2020 article “Haptic Homoeroticism: Evidence of Queer Bathing Histories in the Glazier De Balneis Puteolanis” is available through the Public Art Dialogue, and her Master’s thesis “The Shrine System: Votive Culture and Cult Sculpture, Enshrining Space in 11th to 13th Century France” is freely available online. 

This is a recording of a lecture, initially held on Monday,  April 4, 2022. 
Please note, recordings expire 30 days after receipt.

1.5 CE Credits.


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