Complete, facsimile, special and customizable edition (optional) of the 15th century manuscript, “The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry”. Work illuminated by the Limbourg Brothers and by Jean Colombe, whose original codex is preserved in the Condé Museum in Chantilly, France.
Work number 1 of the “Libros de Arte” collection of Amigos del Códice. Edition of 2018, numbered and limited to 959 venal copies.
Bound in a traditional way in sapphire vanol top, becoming an original and atypical binding, title on the spine, golden guide tape, uneven edges with leaves cut one by one, booklets sewn and folded by hand. Format 15.5 x 21.5 cm. 420 color pages on pergamenata paper, the same one used by luxury facsimiles. Weight of something more than 1 kg.
Like all editions of “Amigos del Códice”, the edition is customizable, becoming the right book for a special gift, company or institutional, since we can include the dedication you want on the first page of the book. In this case, the delivery date is 10 to 15 days after the payment is made.
“The Very Rich Hours of Duke Jean de Berry” is probably the most important illuminated manuscript of the fifteenth century, the king of illuminated manuscripts, or as the French say: “le roi des manuscrits enluminés”. It was commissioned by Jean, Duke of Berry, around 1410 and carried out for the most part by the Limbourg brothers.
The manuscript comprises 420 pages, of which almost all are partially or completely illuminated, being considered some of the best representations of international Gothic painting, despite its small size.
In addition to the illustrations of psalms, highlights its calendar, with representations of the different months of the year and the work, generally agricultural, in each of them were carried out.
The Limbourg brothers were famous miniaturist painters of medieval times, originating in the city of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Around 1410, Herman, Paul, and Jean de Limbourg received the order that would later be considered the last great medieval illumination and one of the most valuable books in history, known as “The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry.”
In the first half of 1416, Jean de Berry and the three Limbourg brothers (the three under 30 years of age) died of unknown causes and “The Very Rich Hours” remained unfinished. An unidentified artist (possibly Barthélemy van Eyck) worked on the famous miniatures of the calendar in the 1440s, when the book was apparently in the possession of Renato I of Naples, and in 1485 Jean Colombe finished the work for the House of Savoy.
The dimensions of the original codex are 21 x 29.4 cm. It contains 64 extraordinary miniatures in full page and 66 smaller ones distributed by the 392 manuscript pages (it also contains 28 blank pages), as well as hundreds of capital letters, initials and moldings, all richly decorated, giving as a whole one of the museums pictorial miniatures most important Art History.
Edition with exclusive sale in BuyBetter. A beautiful and extraordinary luxury codex at a very affordable price, despite the enormous labor cost that each copy has. An edition available to everyone.
Optionally and for an additional price of € 50, you can buy a case, type box-book, for better presentation and preservation. Made in the same sapphire vanol special material as the binding, with title on the spine, format 18.3 x 24 x 5.3 cm.
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