Libro de la Caza del Principe Don Juan Manuel

Libro de la Caza del Principe Don Juan Manuel

Libro de la Caza del Principe Don Juan Manuel

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The Hunting Book of Prince Don Juan Manuel is considered the first work in Castilian on falconry, standing out for its great literary beauty and its cultured, entertaining language including personal anecdotes. Aside from technical information, it also contains a geographical description of the best places to practice falconry in the various bishoprics of the Kingdom of Castile. It was originally written between 1325 and 1326 by the Infante Don Juan Manuel (1282–1348). The manuscript at hand from ca. 1500 was illuminated by Angel Roncero and inspired by the artistry of the Book of Hours of Mary of Burgundy. It is adorned by over 200 miniatures, including 14 full-page miniatures as well as numerous decorative borders, marginalia, and bas-de-page miniatures. This manuscript is a masterpiece and an exemplary specimen of Spanish art at the crossroads of the Gothic and Renaissance styles.

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