Exercicios de la Gineta

Exercicios de la Gineta

Created for the 14-year-old Asturian Prince Balthasar Charles: a richly illustrated textbook on the art of riding and bullfighting

  1. Various exercises for horsemen written by Gregorio de Tapia y Salzedo and published in 1643 by Diego Díaz

  2. Engraved by María Eugenia de Beer (d. 1652), daughter of the Dutch painter Cornelius de Beer (1591–1651)

  3. The elegant and unusual landscape-format codex is dedicated to 14-year-old Prince Balthasar Charles (1629–46)

Exercicios de la Gineta

  1. Description
  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Description
Exercicios de la Gineta

This work is a testament to the elegance of the Castilian language, the famous skill of Spanish horsemen, and the fine art of copperplate engraving. Printed in the unusual landscape format, even censors could not help but praise the 17th century codex.

Exercicios de la Gineta

This codex illustrating various exercises for horsemen was written by Gregorio de Tapia y Salzedo and published in 1643 by Diego Díaz with numerous copperplates by María Eugenia de Beer (d. 1652), the daughter of the Dutch painter Cornelius de Beer (1591–1651), who moved to Spain in 1618. It is an unusual codex because it is in landscape format, allowing even more room for de Beer’s fine engravings, many of which are signed with a simple "Doña". The neatly printed text is presented in simple double frames and is further adorned with engraved initials and small ornaments. The portrait of a 14-year-old Prince Balthasar Charles (1629-46), to whom the work is dedicated, precedes the inscription. When José de Pellicer de Tovar (1602–79), a royal Spanish chronicler, was given the task of censoring the work, he said that it “was more worthy of esteem and appreciation than of censorship" because it was written with such elegance, both with respect to the grandness of the Castilian in which it was written, and with respect to how deftly it deals with such a complex subject. As he said, “Novelty and success run side by side…”


Available facsimile editions:
Exercicios de la Gineta – R/3275 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2007
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Exercicios de la Gineta

Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2007

Publisher: Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2007
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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.
Price Category: € (under 1,000€)
Edition available
Price: Login here!
You might also be interested in:
Vienna Model Book
Vienna Model Book
Czech Republic; Austria – 1410–1420

A unicum of art history: 56 silverpoint drawings in the International Gothic style on small, hinged wooden panels

Experience More
Ladhdhat al-nisâ - The Pleasures of Women
Ladhdhat al-nisâ - The Pleasures of Women
Near East – 18th century

Wonderfully illuminated with 51 miniatures: a Persian treatise on the art of love

Experience More
Filter selection
Publisher