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Catherine of Cleves Praying to the Virgin and Child
Hours of Catherine of Cleves
Netherlands, Utrecht,
ca. 1440
Morgan Library & Museum
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by N.F. Karlins

Illuminated manuscripts are fascinating rarities, but typically we are allowed to see only a single two-page spread, entombed behind glass, as the books are certainly too precious to be handled by a mass public. But now, in a rare opportunity, the Morgan Library & Museum is presenting "Demons and Devotions: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves," an exhibition of nearly 100 pages from one of the finest 15th-century Dutch manuscripts (as it is unbound for conservation, copying and rebinding).