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[Prints and Drawings Gallery]
Manuscripts from the Naito Collection II:
Medieval to Renaissance Prayers and Images

Thursday, 18 June – Sunday, 23 August 2020
Tuesday, 3 March – Sunday, 14 June 2020
*Dates Changed
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 13 July, 27 July and 10 August 2020.
Prints and Drawings Gallery, New Wing
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art
With the cooperation of:
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 500 yen (400 yen), College students 250 yen (200 yen)
  • Numbers in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more.
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This exhibition continues on from the Gothic Manuscripts from the Naito Collection: Microcosms of Images Imbedded in Words, Images Surpassing Words (19 October, 2019 – 26 January, 2020) as it introduces illuminated manuscript leaves collected over many years by Dr. NAITO Hiroshi (Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences), who has graciously donated his collection to the NMWA.

This exhibition focuses largely on works produced in Western Europe during the 15th to 16th centuries, namely those made in England, France and the Netherlands (present-day Belgium and the Netherlands). A particularly large number of these works are leaves from the Book of Hours. At certain times of the day lay worshipper would read specific sections of the Book of Hours, consisting of extracts from the Bible and prayers. These books were primarily commissioned by members of the aristocracy or wealthy townspeople, and dazzle the eye with their gorgeous decoration that reflected the tastes of their commissioners. Renaissance art was flowering in Europe during the 15th to 16th centuries and also influencing the production of illuminated manuscripts. The exhibited works reflect those stylistic characteristics with their more naturalistic and real world feel in their figural depictions and expansive spatial expression.

This display also includes leaves which were purchased with funds donated to the Western Art Foundation by Mr. NAGANUMA Akio. Mr. Naganuma provided these funds because he agrees with Dr. Naito that the medieval Western art collections of Japanese museums should be expanded and improved.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Naito and Mr. Naganuma, and our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those individuals and organizations who cooperated towards the realization of this exhibition.

Master of Luçon
From a Book of Hours: Annunciation
Master of Luçon
Colours, gold and ink on parchment
The National Museum of Western Art
Naito Collection
Attributed to Jean Colombe
From a Book of Hours: Nativity
Attributed to Jean Colombe
c. 1485
Colours, gold and ink on parchment
The National Museum of Western Art
Naito Collection
Scatter Border
From a Book of Hours: Scatter Border with Flowers
and Animals
c. 1500
Colours, gold and ink on parchment
The National Museum of Western Art
Naito Collection
Life of King David
From the Zwolle Bible: Three Initials D with the Scenes from the Life of King David
Colours, gold and ink on parchment
The National Museum of Western Art
Naito Collection (Naganuma Fund)


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