16 juillet 2016

Dragons from Clavis Artis

Dragon from Clavis Artis, an alchemy manuscript created in Germany in the late 17th or early 18th century, attributed to the Persian Zoroaster (Zarathustra). Clavis Artis is the title of an alchemy manuscript created in Germany in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, attributed to the Persian Zoroaster (Zarathustra). The work is in three volumes of medium format, two of which are illustrated here. The text is in German Gothic script cursive and is accompanied by numerous... [Lire la suite]

16 juillet 2016

The Constellation of Draco from a Persian manuscript dating from the late 17th or early 18th century

The Constellation of Draco from a Persian manuscript dating from the late 17th or early 18th century. Wellcome Library, London. Ms Persian 373, detail of f. 11v
20 septembre 2015

Dallas Museum of Art presents 50 masterworks from rarely exhibited Keir Collection

DALLAS, TX.- This fall, the Dallas Museum of Art has mounted Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, the first North American exhibition from one of the world’s most significant and rarely exhibited private collections of Islamic art. This unprecedented exhibition showcases more than 50 of the most historically important masterworks from the Keir Collection, which is arriving in Dallas this year on a 15-year loan to the DMA.  Assembled over the course of five decades by the noted... [Lire la suite]
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]
04 février 2013


This manuscript, now known as the Queen Mary Psalter, embellished with over one thousand images, is one of the most extensively illustrated Psalters ever produced in Western Europe. Confiscated at the border by a custom official Baldwin Smith, it was presented by him to the Catholic Queen Mary Tudor in 1553, the year she ascended to the throne. The image shows the tree of Jesse London (?), c. 1310–20 This 13th century Flemish Psalter, another survivor of Edwardian purges, was presented to Queen Mary Tudor by a London grocer... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2012

Louis de Gruuthuse's copy of the Deeds of Sir Gillion de Trazegnies in the Middle East, in French, illuminated manuscript

Louis de Gruuthuse's copy of the Deeds of Sir Gillion de Trazegnies in the Middle East, in French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [southern Netherlands (Antwerp or perhaps Bruges), dated 1464] - Photo Sotheby's 237 leaves (1 blank), plus six modern vellum endleaves, 375mm. by 262mm., contemporary foliation in red in top-right hand corner of page, wanting a gathering after fol. 23 and a number of single leaves throughout, collation: i6(one blank, 2 further blanks cancelled at end), ii8, iii7 (wanting... [Lire la suite]
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21 décembre 2010

Peacock on Menu in Century Old Persian Recipe for Sale @ Bonhams Indian and Islamic Sale in London

The Persian manuscript was commissioned by Muhammad Quli Khan-e Qajar Quyunlu, Majd al-Sultaneh. Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- Bonhams next sale of Indian and Islamic Art on January 19th 2011 in New Bond Street, features a 19th century recipe manuscript that offers a fascinating insight into the preparation of various dishes in Qajar Persia, more than a century ago. Commissioned by Muhammad Quli Khan-e Qajar Quyunlu, Majd al-Sultaneh (d. 1905), this Persian manuscript is a slim volume of 37 folios, written in a wonderfully... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2010

"Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500" @ J. Paul Getty Museum

Jean Fouquet, Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes, about 1460. Tempera on parchment, 39.8 x 29.5 cm. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany, Ms. Cod. Gall. 6 LOS ANGELES, CA.- History played such an integral role in defining national identity in France throughout the high Middle Ages that some of the finest illumination of the period is located within the covers of history manuscripts. On view in the Exhibitions Pavilion at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, November 16, 2010 through February 6, 2011, Imagining... [Lire la suite]
24 juin 2009

Sotheby's Sale to Include a Rare Manuscript Containing the Earliest Depictions of Joan of Arc

Three illustrations thought to be the earliest representations of Joan of Arc (lot 26, est. £1-1.5 million). Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Sotheby’s London sale of Western Manuscripts on Tuesday 7th July 2009 has a combined total sale estimate of £3 million and will include the sale of Medieval Illuminated Miniatures from the Collection of the Late Eric Korner. The highlight of the various-owner sale is a stunningly illustrated manuscript dating to the mid-15th century which has surfaced for the first time in half a century, and... [Lire la suite]
15 février 2009

"The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods" @ The Walters Art Museum

Four Evangelists, Book of Hours ca. 1480. Acquired by Henry Walters, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (W.224) BALTIMORE, MD.- The Walters Art Museum presents The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods, an exhibition showcasing 44 contemporary illuminated manuscript pages from two volumes of a Bible commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Minnesota. In addition, 49 renowned Walters’ manuscripts and rare books, from a variety of religious traditions, will set the The Saint John’s Bible within... [Lire la suite]
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