The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry, 15th century (5 *) (Panini)


This facsimile is part of the Spectacular Library.
Facsimile edition of The Very Rich Hours of Duke Jean de Berry, whose original is in the Chantilly Castle Library, Ms. 65, made in 2010 by Franco Cosimo Panini.

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Facsimile edition of The Very Rich Hours of Duke Jean de Berry, whose original is in the Chantilly Castle Library, Ms. 65, made in 2010 by Franco Cosimo Panini.

Le Très Riches Heures of the Duca di Berry, a masterpiece of the Flemish miniature, is undoubtedly the most famous work of all time in the field of book illustration. An exceptional codex, created at the beginning of the 15th century by the three largest miniaturists of the time, the Limbourg brothers, and destined to be the pride of Jean de Berry’s library, which already had at that time more than three hundred masterpieces .

Each page of the wonderful manuscript presents a decoration of incredible richness and variety. Its 208 sheets include more than three thousand golden initials and 130 embossed miniatures in gold and silver, including the twelve famous calendar images, permeated by a sense of harmony between man and nature.

The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry are the unique vertex of the European miniature between the twilight of the Gothic and the dawn of the Renaissance and represent the absolute masterpiece of Herman, Paul and Jean de Limbourg. The three Nijmegen brothers worked on decorating the codex between 1411 and 1416, the year they mysteriously disappeared perhaps due to a plague. After his death, the codex was unfinished and was completed only around 1485, by order of the Duke of Savoy Carlos I, by another excellent master of the miniature, Jean Colombe. Jean de Berry was a man of vast culture, and a great bibliophile and expert collector of antiques, tapestries, coins, jewels, reliquaries, cameos and portraits of sovereigns, today known thanks to the timely inventory of his collections compiled by the librarian Robinet d ‘ Etampes

The charm that emanates from the Limbourg miniatures is immediate and attractive, and attracts the observer in a world that seems enchanted. Thanks to the wise chromatic and compositional dominance of the three brothers and their keen spirit of observation, the pages of the codex revive the enjoyment of the courtyards and the humble work of the fields, the moving beauty of the rural landscape and the powerful presence of castles and cities walled, the sumptuous costumes of French high society and the simple clothes of the peasants.

The copy that we offer belongs to the edition of “The Impossible Library” by Franco Cosimo Panini, distributed in Spain by the Moleiro publishing house with a study book with texts in Spanish.

Facsimile format 23 x 30.5 cm. 416 pages with 130 miniatures enhanced with gold and more than 3,000 gold initials. Red leather binding decorated with gold.
Numbered edition and limited to 550 copies.
Facsimile presented in an elegant case, book format 31.5 x 37.5 x 9.2 cm, with a golden illustration on the cover.
Facsimile accompanied by a volume of comments by Patricia Stirnemann and Inès Villela-Petit, with contributions by Milvia Bollati, Jean-Laurent Hablot, Marie Jacob, Jean-Baptiste Lebigue, Jean Mesqui, Margaret Scott, Patricia Stirnemann, EmmanuelleToulet and ArieWallert. Bound in paperback, format 22.2 x 30.2 cm. 64 pages

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