Codices Illustres
ISBN: 3836572613
EAN13: 9783836572613
Language: English
Pages: 504
Dimensions: 2.00" H x 10.00" L x 7.00" W
Weight: 4.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview
Famous Manuscripts The fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination From The Book of Kells to Boccaccio's Decameron , from the Vienna Genesis to Dante's Divine Comedy to open Codices illustres is to open the door into a precious, private world. Now in a revised format, this radiant book brings you face-to-face with 167 of the most exquisite and important manuscripts of the medieval age . Presented in brilliant large-format reproductions , these paradigms of miniature painting and illumination from the 4th century to 1600 were once the property of some of the greatest power players in history. Now art-historical treasures, they are worth many millions and typically tucked away in private collections or closely guarded archives --until now. Although the focus of this collection is on European manuscripts , examples from Mexican, Persian , and Indian tradition illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination in non-European cultures. An informative synopsis for each manuscript orients the reader at a glance, while a 36-page appendix contains biographies of the artists, as well as an extensive bibliography, an index, and a glossary for technical terms.