Illuminating the Renaissance: the triumph of Flemish manuscript painting in Europe

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J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003 - Art - 575 pages
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This comprehensive and richly illustrated catalogue focuses on the finest illustrated manuscripts produced in Europe during the great epoch in Flemish illumination. During this aesthetically fertile period-beginning in 1467 with the reign of the Burgundian duke Charles the Bold and ending in 1561 with the death of the artist Simon Bening-the art of book painting was raised to a new level of sophistication. Sharing inspiration with the celebrated panel painters of the time, illuminators achieved astonishing innovations in the handling of colour, light, texture, and space, creating a naturalistic style that would dominate tastes throughout Europe for nearly a century. Focusing on the notable artists of the period-Simon Marmion, the Vienna Master of Mary of Burgundy, Gerard David, Gerard Horenbout, Bening, and others-the catalogue examines both devotional and secular manuscript illumination within a broad context: the place of illuminators within the visual arts, including artistic exchange between book painters and panel painters; the role of court patronage and the emergence of personal libraries; and the international appeal of the new Flemish illumination style.

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Elizabeth Morrison is associate curator of manuscripts, and Thomas Kren is curator of manuscripts, both at the Getty Museum.

Scot McKendrick is curator of manuscripts at the British Library and is a teacher of the history of books at London University. He is joint editor of the Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts and assistant editor of the Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts (New Series) 1976-1980. He has
lectured and published extensively on late medieval illuminated manuscripts and tapestries.