Tres Riches Heures

Job, in Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry, circa 1415 C.E. Gothic manuscript illumination, Fol. 82r, Musee Conde, Chantilly, France.

The illuminated illustrations from Très Riches Heures (The Book of Hours) are perhaps the finest extant examples of French Gothic illustration to have survived from the 15th century. These devotional books contain a collection of prayers to be recited at canonical hours. Here Job is depicted half buried in the ground. His friends watch the beleaguered Job as a grave is being dug in the lower left, suggesting Job’s cries are the cries of the newly deceased. The left and right margins of the composition include small images of skeletons that remind the reader of the inevitability of death.  

Job, in Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, circa 1415. Gothic manuscript illumination, Folio 82r, Musée Condé, Chantilly, France.

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