RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 34338387 LA English T1 Enamels of Limoges : 1100-1350 A1 O'Neill, John Philip,, Musée du Louvre., Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), PB Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H. Abrams PP New York YR 1996 SN 0870997580 9780870997587 0870997599 9780870997594 0810965003 9780810965003 0300086024 9780300086027 AB Limoges enamels, the richest surviving corpus of medieval metalwork, were renowned throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. Yet today they are little known outside academic circles. The present volume, published in conjuction with the exhibition Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350, brings to deserved public attention nearly two hundred of the most important and representative examples from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musee du Louvre, the great church. treasuries of France, and other sources. The works of Limoges were created for important ecclesiastical and royal patrons. The wealth of enameling preserved from the Treasury of the abbey of Grandmont, just outside Limoges, is due chiefly to the Plantagenet patronage of Henry II and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Enamels created during their reign resonate with the elegant style of the court, and the dramatic history of Henry's monarchy is evoked by such works as the. reliquary of Saint Thomas Becket. Ecclesiastical patrons such as Archbishop Absalon of Lund, Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, and, above all, Pope Innocent III were key to the dissemination of Limoges work throughout the churches of Europe. While few of the artists who created the enamels that have come down to us are known by name, the works of several - Master Alpais, Garnerius, and Aymeric Chretien - are here juxtaposed with related pieces, some of them demonstrably from the. same atelier.