Splendour of the Burgundian Netherlands : Southern Netherlandish illuminated manuscripts in Dutch collections / Anne Margreet W. As-Vijvers, Anne S. Korteweg.

As-Vijvers, Anne Margreet W. [Browse]
  • Zwolle : WBOOKS, [2018]
  • ©2018
408 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles, map ; 29 cm


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This book presents a survey of ninety of the finest and most interesting medieval manuscripts produced in the southern Netherlands - present-day Belgium - which ended up in Dutch public collections at various points in time. This largely unknown cultural heritage is displayed here in a vast panoramic context ranging from the tenth to the mid-sixteenth century. The painted scenes in these handwritten books are not only of a high artistic quality, but also present a richly-textured picture of medieval life. The emphasis is on the role of books in the society of the Middle Ages: they served as expressions of sumptuousness on the part of the aristocracy, as richly-decorated books for church services, and as cherished objects used by affluent burghers for their private devotion. The authors also devote attention to the large-size, superbly-illustrated works of history and literature that were produced under the patronage of the dukes of Burgundy. Other subjects include the Order of the Golden Fleece, the artistic ties between the northern and southern Netherlands, pilgrim badges, and the transition from manuscripts to printed books. Exhibition: Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, The Netherlands (23.02.-03.06.2018).
  • Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, The Netherlands, February 23-June 3, 2018.
  • Published in collaboration with the Museum Catharijneconvent, and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 378-395) and indexes.
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