Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux

Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux

Artist Jean Pucelle

Date 1324-28

Movement Late Gothic

Medium Grisaille and tempera on vellum

Dimensions 3.5 x 2.5″

Housed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


A book of hours was similar to a moral bible—helpful in guiding the reader to live a devout life. This particular image features The Betrayal of Christ and The Annunciation. Drôleries are included—note the monkey and rabbit leading up to the initial. Queen Jeanne d’Evreux occupies the initial, which helps support the architectural device and, essentially, the narrative itself. The scene at the bottom left, of two knights on goats jousting a barrel, helps to symbolize the lancing of Christ and hearkens to the scapegoat symbol from the Old Testament.