06 juin 2014

The Morgan Library and Museum exhibits masterpieces from Oxford's famed Bodleian Library

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (The First Folio) London: printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623, Arch. G c.7 The Bodleian Library, Oxford. NEW YORK, NY.- The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford holds one of the greatest collections of books and manuscripts in the world. Marks of Genius: Treasures from the Bodleian Library, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from June 6 to September 14, celebrates more than two thousand years of the creative genius of authors,... [Lire la suite]
03 mai 2014

The sea atlas by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer to be offered at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg

Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer, Espeio de la mar. 1590. Estimate: 85,000 EUR (118,150 $). Photo courtesy Ketterer Kunst HAMBURG.- It was nothing less but a revolution in the history of nautical cartography – the sea atlas by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer. The extremely scarce work in first French edition with a Spanish title sheet will be sold in the auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on 19 and 20 May with an estimate of € 85.000.  Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer's “Spieghel der Zeevaert“ offers a variety of... [Lire la suite]

21 avril 2014

Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquires a rare 16th century "Book of Friends"

Johann Joachim Prack von Asch, 1587–1612, Liber amicorum (Book of friends). Leaf 119 verso and 120 recto. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.24. LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Research Institute announced this week the acquisition of a rare book that, through personal entries by the owner’s friends and associates, chronicles political, cultural, and personal encounters along the edge of the Christian and Muslim worlds. The book is fully digitized and viewable online. This liber amicorum (“book of friends”) was... [Lire la suite]
25 décembre 2013

Newly uncovered illuminations from the Renaissance depicting miraculous phenomena published in new book

1531 – Celestial swordsman, castle and army over Strasbourg. NEW YORK, NY.- The Book of Miracles that first surfaced a few years ago and recently made its way into an American private collection is one of the most spectacular new discoveries in the field of Renaissance art. The nearly complete surviving illustrated manuscript, which was created in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg around 1550, is composed of 169 pages with large-format illustrations in gouache and watercolor depicting wondrous and often eerie celestial... [Lire la suite]
02 novembre 2013

Christie's announces centerpiece of the Renaissance Sale: The Rothschild Prayerbook

The Rothschild Prayerbook, Illuminated manuscript Book of Hours on vellum, Ghent or Bruges, c.1505, 250 leaves, 228 x 160mm. Estimate: $12-18 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2013.  NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the centerpiece of its Renaissance sale during Old Masters Week in January 2014 will be “The Rothschild Prayerbook,” a magnificent masterpiece of Renaissance art with an illustrious provenance. Returning to the global stage after setting the world auction record for illuminated manuscripts nearly 15 years... [Lire la suite]
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02 octobre 2013

Rare illuminated Mishneh Torah manuscript on view at Metropolitan Museum

The Mishneh Torah: Book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim). Written by Moses Maimonides (1135-1204). Painted by the Master of the Barbo Missal (active mid-1400s) North Italian, ca. 1457. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, for Michael and Judy Steinhardt, by Ardon Bar- Hama.  NEW YORK, NY.- One of the finest illuminated Hebrew manuscripts ever created is being displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning today. The rare 15th-century handwritten copy of the Mishneh Torah by the renowned... [Lire la suite]
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25 juin 2013

Livre d'heures Guillard, enluminé par Robert Boyvin. Heures à l'usage de Séez (ou du Mans ?), Rouen, atelier de Robert Boyvin

Livre d'heures Guillard, enluminé par Robert Boyvin. Heures à l'usage de Séez (ou du Mans ?), écrites et enluminées sur vélin. Rouen, atelier de Robert Boyvin, vers 1490-1505. Photo courtesy SVV MILLON & ASSOCIES Un volume in 8° (195 x 140 mm), plein veau doré : alternance de chiffres couvrant le dos & encadrant les plats, semis de S fléchés couvrant la réserve centrale du plat, fer feuillagé de millieu, main florifère & personnages, phylactère patronymique, toutes tranches dorées (reliure du XVIe siècle,... [Lire la suite]
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25 juin 2013

Heures enluminées par maître François et le maître de Jehan Henry Heures à l'usage de Paris, peintes manuscrites sur vélin. 1470

Heures enluminées par maître François et le maître de Jehan Henry. Heures à l'usage de Paris, peintes manuscrites sur vélin. Paris vers 1470. Photo courtesy SVV MILLON & ASSOCIES Un volume in 8° (169 x 125 mm), plein maroquin olive, double filet doré encadrant les plats, couronne feuillagée de milieu, dos à nerfs scandé d'un fleuron doré, toutes tranches dorées (reliure du XVIe siècle). 182 ƒƒ de vélin (160 x 110 mm). Texte écrit sur une colonne de 15 lignes, justification : 85 x 60 mm environ, en latin à... [Lire la suite]
25 juin 2013

Passionnaire & hymnaire écrit et enluminé sur vélin, aux armes de la famille de Mauroy. Champagne, vers 1530

Passionnaire & hymnaire écrit et enluminé sur vélin, aux armes de la famille de Mauroy. Champagne, vers 1530. Photo courtesy SVV MILLON & ASSOCIES Un volume in-12 (130 x 80 mm), plein maroquin olive à la Fanfares, monogramme doré au centre,toutes tranches dorées (reliure XVIe s.). Foliaison : 205 ƒƒ de vélin ( 54 ƒƒ + 112 ƒƒ + 39 ƒƒ). Composition : texte écrit sur une colonne de 20 lignes, en latin, à l'encre brune. Lettrines à l'or sur fond rouge et bleu; rubriques. Dimension du feuillet : 123 x 75 mm.... [Lire la suite]
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22 juin 2013

The Sforza Hours

Bas-de-page scene of a hound chasing a rabbit, with Bona's name 'Diva Bona' in the full border, Add MS 34294, f. 122v The Sforza Hours was commissioned about 1490 by the Duchess of Milan Bona Sforza (d. 1503), the second wife of Galeazzo Maria Sforza. The Milanese court painter Giovan Pietro Birago (fl. 1471-1513) was contracted to embellish it with miniatures. Detail of a full border with Bona's embelm of the phoenix and motto 'Sola fata, solum Deum sequor', Add MS 34294, f. 93r Miniature of St Mark and his lion at the... [Lire la suite]
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