Book of Hours
, Latin
Paris?, c.1510-20
Parchment, 14.5 x 9.0 cm 125 leaves

State Library of Victoria, *096/R66 Ho, fol. 23v


  In many Books of Hours, especially those from Northern Europe, the Annunciation introduces at matins, a series of scenes that mark the beginning of each hour. In this scene set within Mary's bridal chamber, the bed refers to the Holy Spirit's entrance and their royal wedding or espousal. The heavy, twisted and ornamental columns framing the miniature clearly show the interest in classical architecture during the Renaissance.