The Grandes Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

By: Thomas, Marcel

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First edition. Pages toned, label to rear paste-down endpaper.Small stains to jacket, jacket edges rubbed, jacket toned. 1971 Large Hardcover. 183 pp. The Duke of Berry was one of the greatest connoisseurs and collectors in history. His avid interest in all things beautiful ranged from the small gem to the largest castle, and his choice of artists and influence upon them had a profound effect on painting. ...Never before had so many scribes, illuminators, artisans, and artists made a comparable effort for the realization of a single manuscript. With the Grandes Heures the duke seems to have attempted to surpass everything he had owned until then and, at the same time, to create a kind of collection of illumination, for this Book of Hours was executed by the best contemporary illuminators, whose compositions were often inspired by the duke's other manuscripts. ...Reproduced here to the exact size of the original manuscropt in four colors plus gold are all the miniatures in the existing manuscript--with their rich, personalized borders marking the duke's proprietorships--and the most interesting pages of relatively little-known drolleries or grotesques. The latter constitute a kaleidoscope of graceful and monstrous hybrids, beggars, ugly old women, musicians, monks, bishops, and angels arranged with the limitless imagination of the medieval mind.Keywords: MARCEL THOMAS GRANDES HEURES JEAN DUKE BERRY BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE PARIS ARTISTS PAINTING HISTORY MANUSCRIPTS ILLUMINATORS MEDIEVAL

Title: The Grandes Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Author: Thomas, Marcel

Categories: History, Art, Books on Books, Art History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: George Braziller: 1971

Binding: Large Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2199963