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The art of illumination : the Limbourg brothers and the Belles heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry

Author: Timothy Husband; J. Paul Getty Museum.; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008.
Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the most lavishly illustrated codices of the Middle Ages, the Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry (ca. 1405-1408/9), is the only manuscript with miniatures executed entirely by the famed Limbourg brothers. Commissioned by its royal patron, this richly illuminated Book of Hours, intended for private devotion and now housed in The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, belonged to the duke's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ausstellung
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Husband, Timothy, 1945-
Art of illumination.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)741860033
Named Person: Limburg family; Limburg family.; Jean, Berry Herzog; Jean, Berry Herzog; Limbourg, släkt
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Husband; J. Paul Getty Museum.; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 9781588392947 1588392945 9780300136715 0300136714
OCLC Number: 223872073
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Nov. 18, 2008-Feb. 8, 2009, and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept. 22, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010.
Description: xii, 376 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm.
Contents: Director's Foreword / Philippe De Montebello --
Introduction. Belles Heures of Jean de France --
Jean de France, Duc de Berry --
Limbourg Brothers --
Structure and Summary of the Manuscript --
Collation --
Page Organization and Decoration --
Sequence of Production --
Descriptions and Texts of the Miniatures --
Compositional Intelligence of the Narrative Cycles --
Sources and Influences --
Artistic Achievements of the Limbourg Brothers --
Technical Observations: Materials, Techniques, and Conservation of the Belles Heures Manuscript / Margaret Lawson --
Family Members of Jean de France, Duc de Berry --
Schematic Chart of Calendar Pages --
Photography and Reproduction Credits.
Series Title: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Responsibility: Timothy B. Husband.
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One of the most lavishly illustrated codices of the Middle Ages, the "Belles Heures" (1405-1408/9) is the only manuscript executed in its entirety by the famed Limbourg brothers.  Read more...

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