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Boccaccio's Des cleres et nobles femmes : systems of signification in an illuminated manuscript

Author: Brigitte Buettner
Publisher: Seattle : Published by College Art Association in association with University of Washington Press, 1996.
Series: Monographs on the fine arts, 53.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first surviving illuminated manuscript of the French translation of Boccaccio's De mulieribus claris, known as the Cleres femmes (now in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris), is the subject of this book. The manuscript was commissioned by a Parisian merchant, Jacques Raponde, as a New Year's gift for the duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold. This innovative aspect of the commission, where a merchant rather than a
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
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Buettner, Brigitte.
Boccaccio's Des cleres et nobles femmes.
Seattle : Published by College Art Association in association with University of Washington Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605212037
Named Person: Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni / Französisch Boccaccio
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brigitte Buettner
ISBN: 0295975202 9780295975207
OCLC Number: 33439565
Description: x, 139 pages, [57] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Contents: I. The Manuscript as Object. Jacques Raponde, Merchant of Manuscripts. The De mulieribus claris as a French Success --
II. Images as Readers. A Pictorial Gallery of Women. System and Reality --
III. Pictorial Elements as Meaning. On Costumes, Bodies, and Gestures. On Colors and Light. On Spatial Inscriptions. On Visualizing Time --
Appendix. Fifteenth-Century Des cleres et nobles femmes Manuscripts.
Series Title: Monographs on the fine arts, 53.
Responsibility: Brigitte Buettner.

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The first surviving illuminated manuscript of the French translation of Boccaccio's De mulieribus claris, known as the Cleres femmes (now in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris), is the subject of this book. The manuscript was commissioned by a Parisian merchant, Jacques Raponde, as a New Year's gift for the duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold. This innovative aspect of the commission, where a merchant rather than a prince acted as the patron of the manuscript, provides the.

Subject for the first part of Buettner's study. In addition to sketching the Valois rulers' practice of collecting illuminated manuscripts and to tracing the reasons for the successful reception of Boccaccio's work in this courtly milieu, the author delineates the role of merchants in Parisian artistic production around 1400.

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