Belleville Breviary

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The Belleville Breviary (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS lat. 10484, 2 volumes) is an illuminated breviary. It was produced in Paris some time between 1323 and 1326 by the artist known as Jean Pucelle,[1] probably for Jeanne de Belleville, the wife of Olivier de Clisson. The breviary is divided into two volumes of 446 and 430 folios. Volume 1 contains the prayers used during the summer, while volume 2 contains those used during the winter.

The manuscript was owned by Jeanne de Belleville. It was later owned by Charles V of France and his son Charles VI. Charles VI gave the manuscript to his son-in-law Richard II of England. Henry IV of England gave it to Jean, Duc de Berry. Jean gave it to his niece Marie, who was a nun at Poissy. It was purchased in 1454 by another nun at Poissy, Marie Jouvenal des Ursins.


  1. ^ Deuchler (1971), 253


  • Deuchler, Florens. "Jean Pucelle – Facts and Fictions". The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. Volume 29, no. 6, 1971
  • Walther, Ingo; Norbert Wolf. Codices Illustres: The world's most famous illuminated manuscripts, 400 to 1600. Köln: Taschen, 2005

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