Courtly love in the 16th century is illustrated by romantic walks, intimate hugs, and lively dance scenes

Book of Lovers

France — Beginning of the 16th century

Book of Lovers

Book of Lovers

France — Beginning of the 16th century

  1. Joyful scenes of dancing, romantic walks, and intimate embraces illustrate courtly love in the 16th century

  2. Commissioned in France by the Brosse family, the content is related almost entirely without text

  3. Carefully chosen colors and specifically designated plants and animals represent characteristics or persons

Book of Lovers

Alternative Titles:
  • Histoire d'Amour sans paroles
  • Buch der Liebenden
  • Histoire d'Amour sans paroles
  • Historia de amor sin palabras
Book of Lovers – Ms. 388 – Musée Condé (Chantilly, France)
Book of Lovers – Ms. 388 – Musée Condé (Chantilly, France)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology
Short Description

Almost entirely without text, the carefree miniatures in the Book of Lovers tell a captivating love story from the 16th century. The 15 full-page depictions of the manuscript, commissioned in France by the Brosse family, allow the beholder to take part in the joyful scenes of dancing, romantic walks, and intimate embraces and in doing so gives a sweeping insight into courtly life at the time. Matching the miniatures with a painter has not been possible thus far, but its 16th century French origin is fairly certain.

The Book of Lovers

The stirring Book of Lovers tells the story of the Historie d’Amour sans paroles with 15 splendid miniatures. The touching jewel from the late epoch of French illumination was commissioned by the Brosse family and its 30 pages give insight into the feelings and the courtly life of the time. Since the manuscript manages almost entirely without text, twelve gorgeous decorated pages with rich décor and symbols supplement the miniatures and additionally clarify the cycle.

A 16th Century Love Story

The artist, who unfortunately remains unknown, portrayed the love story in 15 episodes altogether, through which he allows the viewer to participate in the intimate relationship. Thus, there are joyful dance scenes, romantic walks through the woods, and intimate embraces. Together, all of the scenes describe the behavior of a couple and their mutual attention before the background of occidental Christianity in a fascinating way.

A Tale without Text

The most unusual characteristic of the delightful manuscript is probably that the artists strictly avoided the use of text. Except for two sentences in the page bordures and an enigmatic sequence of letters in one book, it manages completely without text and tells its story with pictures only. Nevertheless, the artists used other means to make the beholder aware of the special messages: they carefully chose the colors they used in order to create certain moods and designated plants and animals as representatives of certain characteristics or persons.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Histoire d'Amour sans paroles
Buch der Liebenden
Histoire d'Amour sans paroles
Historia de amor sin palabras
Size / Format
30 pages / 20.2 × 13.4 cm
Origin
France
Date
Beginning of the 16th century
Language
Illustrations
28 full-page miniatures including symbolic motifs and heraldic devices
Content
Episodes of a moving love story
Previous Owners
3 available facsimile edition(s) of „Book of Lovers“

Histoire d'Amour sans paroles Facsimile

Book of Lovers – Ms. 388 – Musée Condé (Chantilly, France)
Book of Lovers – Ms. 388 – Musée Condé (Chantilly, France)
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Histoire d'Amour sans paroles Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte – Modena, 2005
Limited Edition
500 copies (co-edition)
Binding
Green leather with gold tooling Presented with the commentary volume in a silk case
Commentary
1 volume by Dieter Röschel, Michel Zink and Patricia Stirnemann
Language: Italian
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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. Co-edition by the publishers Müller & Schindler, Eikon Editores, and Il Bulino edizioni d'arte.
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Das Buch der Liebenden Facsimile

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Das Buch der Liebenden Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Limited Edition
500 copies (co-edition)
Binding
Green leather with gold tooling Presented with the commentary volume in a wooden case covered with green embossed leather
Commentary
1 volume by Dieter Röschel, Michel Zink and Patricia Stirnemann
Language: German
More Information
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. Co-edition by the publishers Müller & Schindler, Eikon Editores, and Il Bulino edizioni d'arte.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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Historia de amor sin palabras Facsimile

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Historia de amor sin palabras Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Eikon Editores – Madrid, 2005
Limited Edition
500 copies (co-edition)
Binding
Green leather with gold tooling Presented with the commentary volume in a silk case
Commentary
1 volume by Dieter Röschel, Michel Zink and Patricia Stirnemann
Language: German, French, Spanish
More Information
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. Co-edition by the publishers Müller & Schindler, Eikon Editores, and Il Bulino edizioni d'arte.
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