Illustrations 6 - 7

Illustration 6. (f. 21r)   ‌

The Nativity of Christ

The Nativity of Christ. Prime. The third subject of the Hours of the Virgin. The Christ child is naked surrounded by light and resting on a corner of Mary’s cloak. Joseph holds a candle, the light of which is overpowered by the divine light of Christ. The details of this presentation of the Nativity owe much to the visions of Bridget of Sweden. 

Illustration 7. (f. 24v)

The Annunciation to Mary by the Angel Gabriel

The Annunciation to the Shepherds.Terce. The fourth subject of the Hours of the Virgin. Fifteenth-century depictions of this scene traditionally give prominence to the shepherds, as here. Note that the shepherd on the right is playing bagpipes.