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Initial D with the Virgin and Child

This initial begins Matins of the Hours of the Virgin. Opposite is the final page of the Calendar with the feasts for the last two weeks of December. Hagiographic evidence in the calendar suggests that this book of hours was made for a Vallombrosan monk from the abbey of Passignano in central Italy. The feast of St. John Gaulbert (July 12), the founder of the Vallombrosan Order, is commemorated in the calendar as is the dedication of the basilica of San Michele (September 29), the abbey church at Passignano where St. John Gaulbert is buried.

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