Art of the King (Collection)

Art of the King (Collection)

A collection by and for kings: a selection of exquisite miniatures from the Carolingian period to the Renaissance

  1. For bibliophiles, a manuscript’s patron or recipient is as important as the artist who created it

  2. These folios represent various manuscripts that originated from the richest and most sophisticated medieval princes

  3. The selection at hand contains fine representatives of the Carolingian, Late Gothic, and Renaissance styles

Art of the King (Collection)

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Description
Art of the King (Collection)

The greatness of a medieval king could be measured by the size and wealth of their kingdom, the ferocity of their knights, the sincerity of their faith, and the generosity of their patronage. Illuminated manuscripts represent some of the most enduring and magnificent testimonies to these royal patrons and were often intended as gifts. This could range from a grand tome for public use in a cathedral to a small but splendid book of hours intended for private use. In either instance, these royal manuscripts are some of the finest specimens of medieval illumination.

Art of the King (Collection)

Here we have a sampling of some of the finest illumination of the Middle Ages, created at the behest of some of the richest, most powerful, and most sophisticated royals of Europe. These are works of art truly worthy of a king, and were either commissioned by a member of a royal family or acquired by them. The first is a wonderful example of the artistic sophistication already achieved in Carolingian art more than 1,000 years ago, while the other three demonstrate the elegance of illuminated manuscripts belonging to the Late Gothic and Renaissance styles.

  1. Q Initial, Tours Evangeliary, Tours, 857–862 – New York, Pierpont Morgan Library
  2. Falcon-Hunting on Horseback, Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, Paris, 1413 – Chantilly, Musée Condé
  3. Christ before Caiaphas, Book of Hours of Lorenzo de' Medici, Florence, 1485 – Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  4. Statutes of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Statute Book of the Order, Bruges, 1520 – Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Art of the King (Collection)
Kunst der Könige
Illustrations
1. Q Initial, Tours Evangeliary, Tours, 857-862 – New York, Pierpont Morgan Library;

2. Falcon-hunting on horseback, Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, Paris, 1413 – Chantilly, Musée Condé;

3. Christ before Caiaphas, Book of Hours of Lorenzo de' Medici, Florence, 1485 – Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek;

4. Statutes of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Statute Book of the Order, Bruges, 1520 – Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.
Previous Owners
Sebastião Francisco de Mendo Trigoso
Francisco Xavier Bertrand
Don Affonso de Bragança

Available facsimile editions:
Art of the King (Collection) – Museums all over the world
Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1984
Limited Edition: 1495 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Kunst der Könige

Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1984

Publisher: Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1984
Limited Edition: 1495 copies
Commentary: Language: German
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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