Gulbenkian Collection reached Portugal between 1959 and 1960,
and was open to the public at the Palace of the Marquises
of Pombal, Oeiras, until the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum opened
in Lisbon on 2 October 1969.
On 15 November 1967, unexpected flooding hit the storeroom
at the Pombal Palace, damaging many works from the collection,
specifically a large number of western manuscript books. These
were subsequently restored at the Gulbenkian Museum workshop.
At the time, the Book of Hours of Afonso I d'Este was
being exhibited in the palace galleries and was therefore
not affected by the flooding. It remains in perfect condition,
maintaining the original Renaissance brilliance and the freshness
of the illuminations by Matteo da Milano.
Zagreb numbering and the theme of the miniature
of the sequence of folios and titles of the religious offices
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