Edition in Spanish realized in 2001 by the Casariego publishing house of the “Very Fine Hours” of Jean de France, Duke of Berry. A masterpiece of the late Middle Ages. Made of:
The “Very Beautiful Hours of Our Lady”, manuscript Nouv. Acq. Lat. 3093, of the National Library of France.
The “Book of Prayers of Turin”, manuscript destroyed, formerly K.IV.29, of the National Library of Turin (Italy).
The “Folios du Louvre”, RF2022, RF2024, RF2025, Louvre Museum, Paris (France).
The “Turin-Milan Missal”, manuscript Inv. No. 47, Civic Museum of Ancient Art, Turin (Italy).
The Very Fine Hours of the Duke of Berry is one of the most prestigious manuscripts of the late Middle Ages in which one of the most creative moments of Western painting is exhibited with unparalleled splendor.
This manuscript was soon divided into three distinct volumes, each having its own denomination: The Very Fine Hours of Notre-Dame is preserved in the National Library of France; the Turin Book of Prayers was destroyed by fire in 1904 and the Turin-Milan Missal is currently guarded in the Turin Civic Museum. Fortunately, in 1902 photographs of the second missing volume were taken, but to date, these photographs have only been consulted by researchers specializing in art history. This book brings together for the first time the illustrations of the complete work and offers the possibility to see it as a whole, in a single volume.
The priority of this work is to capture the artistic quality of its execution and the intelligence with which it was conceived. The book follows the primitive order of the book of hours. All the miniature pages of the Very Fine Hours have been reproduced with great care in a format slightly inferior to the original one; however, some of its lavish and colorful details have been enlarged, sometimes to double page to offer a spectacular pictorial vision in all its breadth.
Each miniature is object of a brief iconographic and stylistic commentary, but above all, the priority of this work is to reproduce, in full color (except the photographs of 1902), each one of the folios that compose this manuscript emphasizing until the most minimum of its details to leave thus reflected the unique testimony of an iconography of incomparable sensitivity and aesthetic perfection.
This book is neither a facsimile nor a supplementary study book of any facsimile; is a book of so-called “books of art”, independent and focused on the study of the illuminations of the original codex of The Very Beautiful Hours, currently separated into 4 pieces. Only the mini-pages are reproduced in it, offering an artistic study of each one of them.
Bound in hardcover and in red editorial cloth, with gold title on the back, and a color illustrated jacket. Format 25.8 x 33 cm. 272 pages. In perfect state.
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