Codices Illustres: The World's Most Famous Illuminated Manuscripts, 400 to 1600 (Jumbo)

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This work introduces the reader to the world of medieval miniature painting and illumination presents around 170 of the most beautiful and important medieval scripts from the 4th century to 1600. Many miniatures are reproduced in their original size, some on double-pages. Although the focus is on European handwriting (French, Dutch, German, Italian, English and Spanish) examples have also been selected to illustrate the refinement and intricacy of handwriting from non-European cultures (for example, Mexican, Persian, Indian, Ottoman). The scripts are presented in chronological order and described in full. At the head of each sample of script there is a synopsis providing information such as age, origin, format, length, language, textual content, patron, and artist. These synopses should help to orientate the reader at a glance. A 32-page appendix contains short biographies of the artists as well as an extensive bibliography, an index and, most importantly, a glossary of technical terms in which any term used in the book can quickly be found.

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Famous Manuscripts: The fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination From The Book of Kells to Boccaccio’s Decameron and from the Vienna Genesis to Dante’s Divine Comedy - see the breathtaking originals of 167 of the greatest classics of all time. This lavishly produced book introduces the reader to the fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination. 167 of the most beautiful and important medieval scripts from the 4th century to 1600 are presented in chronological order and described in full. Each sample of script is headed by highly informative synopses which serves to orient the reader at a glance. These synopses - together with the abundance of brilliant, large-format reproductions - make this book unparalleled in its field. Although the focus is on European manuscripts (French, Dutch, German, Italian, English and Spanish), examples have also been selected to illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination from non-European cultures (Mexican, Persian, Indian, Ottoman etc.). A 36–page appendix contains! biographies of the artists as well as an extensive bibliography, an index and, most importantly, a glossary in which the technical terms used in the book can quickly be found. This is a rare opportunity to come face-to-face with incredibly precious treasures that one would otherwise never seetreasures once belonging to emperors and kings, and now worth many millions.

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Ingo F. Walther was born in Berlin in 1940 and studied medieval history, literature and art history in Frankfurt am Main and Munich. While researching Gothic manuscript illumination in various libraries and collections, he was fortunate enough to be able to examine many famous codices in the original. Mr. Walther has published numerous books on Gothic manuscript illumination and on 19th and 20th-century art and artists, including van Gogh and Picasso. Mr. Walther lives near Munich.

Norbert Wolf, born 1949 in Regensburg, completed his doctorate in Art History at Munich University in 1992. He has held guest and deputy professorships in Marburg, Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig, Düsseldorf and Erlangen, and has lectured widely on manuscript illumination. Mr. Wolf has published books on medieval art, Piranesi, Velázquez and Romantic painting. He lives in Munich.

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