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Imagining the Past in France: History in Manuscript Painting, 1250-1500

by Elizabeth Morrison And Anne D. Hedeman J. Paul Getty Museum
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Pbk 384 pages
AU$106.00 NZ$113.04
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This beautiful volume examines the most important illuminations found in French history manuscripts. From around the mid 13th to the end of the 16th century, the most important and original work being done in secular illumination was unquestionably in French vernacular history manuscripts. This beautiful volume celebrates the vivid historical imagery produced during these years by bringing together around 55 manuscripts representing some of the finest masterpieces of illumination created in the Middle Ages. As such, it is the first major publication to focus on exploring the ways in which text and illumination worked together to help show medieval readers the role and purpose of history. The images enabled the past to come alive before the eyes of medieval readers by relating the adventures of epic figures such as Hector, Alexander, Charlemagne, and the Virgin Mary.
''[This book] celebrates one of the greatest chapters in the history of French art, when lavish illuminated manuscripts helped an entire nation to understand the present and plan for the future by revisualising the past. . . . This beautiful catalogue book convinces modern readers and viewers equally.''--''European Review of History''
Elizabeth Morrison is curator in the Dept of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Anne D. Hedeman is Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.