Hours of Giangaleazzo Visconti
Artist Giovannino de’ Grassi
Date ca. 1395
Medium Tempera and gold on parchment
Dimensions 9.75 x 6.875″
Housed at Banco Rari, Biblioteca Nazionale
Seeking status symbols to convey his power, Giangaleazzo commissioned this Book of Hours, as many of his French relatives had done. David, author of the Psalms and an exemplary role model, is illuminated here, and surrounded by shields bearing serpents—a symbol of the Visconti family. Below is a portrait of Giangaleazzo within a frame of emanating sun rays—another Visconti symbol; he is flanked by elegant and realistic animals, another sign of French influence.