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A Masterpiece Reconstructed [electronic resource]: The Hours of Louis XII

edited by Thomas Kren with Mark Evans ; essays by Janet Backhouse ... [et al.]
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum ; London : British Library, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, c2005.
Language
English
Series
Getty Publications virtual library
ISBN
9780892368297 (pbk.), 0892368292 (pbk.)
Access Restriction
Unrestricted online access
Summary
"Jean Bourdichon was the court painter to four successive French kings including Louis XII and his predecessor, Charles VIII. Bourdichon painted the Hours of Louis XII for the king of France around the time of Louis' coronation in 1498. Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, October 18, 2005, to January 8, 2006, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum, February 2 to May 1, 2006, A Masterpiece Reconstructed reproduces the book's sixteen known miniatures together with a selection of other books illuminated by the artist, by his teacher Jean Fouquet, and by their contemporaries." "Janet Backhouse, who originally assembled the evidence that revealed this long-forgotten masterpiece, introduces the Hours of Louis XII and its cycle of miniatures. Thomas Kren discusses the book's provocative miniature of Bathsheba bathing within the context of the king's own taste and predilections and within the then-emerging genre of the female nude in French painting. Nancy Turner considers the importance of Bourdichon's painting and illuminating technique in the Hours of Louis XII in relation to his other work. Mark Evans examines the individual histories of each of the surviving portions of the book. Lastly, an appendix reconstructs the book's devotional contents and program of illumination."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • Jean Bourdichon and the Hours of Louis XII / Janet Backhouse
  • Plates
  • Looking at Louis XII's Bathsheba / Thomas Kren
  • The manuscript painting techniques of Jean Bourdichon / Nancy Turner
  • The rediscovery of a royal manuscript / Mark Evans
  • Appendix (a reconstruction of the Hours of Louis XII).
Description
1 online resource (xiii, 98 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Notes
  • Catalog of an exhibition held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Oct. 18, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006, and at Victoria and Albert Museum, Feb. 2-May 1, 2006.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reproduction Notes
Electronic reproduction. Los Angeles, CA : Getty Publications, 2013. (Getty Publications virtual library)
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