A small personal prayer book, so cherished that it has survived almost six centuries, is going on display at Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. The lavishly illuminated Coëtivy Book of Hours is one of the greatest works of art in existence.
Commissioned by the Admiral of France for his wedding in the mid-15th century, it was then acquired by Chester Beatty’s wife Edith as a wedding anniversary gift for her husband in 1919. The exhibition features 144 illuminations from the Masterpiece – page after page of glorious paintings in gold and other precious materials.
The exhibition is open from 9th March until 2nd September 2018 at the Chester Beatty Library. www.cbl.ie