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The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry

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George Braziller, 1989. Hardback. Condition: Used, Very Good. Great condition with no wear to outer sleeve. Pages clear and bright with little discolouration. Cited as "one of the miracles of art history" by Kenneth Clark, The Très Riches Heures is the most luxurious and most famous of such books and marks the zenith of manuscript illumination in late medieval Europe. Commissioned by the influential patron, Jean de Berry, in the early years of the fifteenth century, this masterpiece was executed by the three Limbourg brothers, the greatest miniaturists of the time. The manuscript opens with a calendar illuminating scenes of daily life during the twelve months and is followed by the prayers of offices celebrated at different times of the day. These texts are often accompanied by miniatures, in which the artists' imaginative and decorative genius are fully revealed. The personal approach of the Limbourgs to nature, human activity, and beauty represents the transition from medieval attitudes to those of the Renaissance. Their elegant images, in fact, were to influence the course of painting in France and all of Northern Europe; but, as Millard Meiss comments, 'no painter could match the smooth perfection of their surface, their limpid color and complex simplicity.

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Author(s):
Longnon, Jean & Raymond Cazelles (Intro & Legends)
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1989
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
George Braziller
Title:
The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry

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George Braziller, 1989. Hardback. Condition: Used, Very Good. Great condition with no wear to outer sleeve. Pages clear and bright with little discolouration. Cited as "one of the miracles of art history" by Kenneth Clark, The Très Riches Heures is the most luxurious and most famous of such books and marks the zenith of manuscript illumination in late medieval Europe. Commissioned by the influential patron, Jean de Berry, in the early years of the fifteenth century, this masterpiece was executed by the three Limbourg brothers, the greatest miniaturists of the time. The manuscript opens with a calendar illuminating scenes of daily life during the twelve months and is followed by the prayers of offices celebrated at different times of the day. These texts are often accompanied by miniatures, in which the artists' imaginative and decorative genius are fully revealed. The personal approach of the Limbourgs to nature, human activity, and beauty represents the transition from medieval attitudes to those of the Renaissance. Their elegant images, in fact, were to influence the course of painting in France and all of Northern Europe; but, as Millard Meiss comments, 'no painter could match the smooth perfection of their surface, their limpid color and complex simplicity.

Author(s):
Longnon, Jean & Raymond Cazelles (Intro & Legends)
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1989
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
George Braziller
Title:
The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry

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