On the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and their Facsimiles
Dear fellow book lovers, just yesterday we have launched our latest video part of the "Take a Break from the Present", this time regarding the Lindisfarne Gospels. If you want to know more about this manuscript, read on!
Medieval artists knew how to have fun with manuscripts, so celebrate St. Valentine's day taking a few minutes to enjoy the Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu.
Illuminated medieval manuscripts are to be considered as real and unique treasures of the past: facsimile editions have made it possible to actually have these magnificent works of art faithfully reproduced and easily accessible, to the great delight of scholars, bibliophiles, and layman but passionate readers.
You have probably heard of the Bedford Hours; many questions about this manuscript remain unanswered, so why not take the time to find out what mysteries linger on this beautifully illuminated codex?
Did you know that the Valenciennes Apocalypse is the oldest illustrated manuscript of the Apocalypse that has come down to us? Check out this Alumina article for more information!
Deciding on the right binding, choosing the most appropriate paper and having a complete commentary volume written by scholars and experts are also crucial issues when making a facsimile edition. Let’s have a closer look at these matters.
Want to know a bit more about Simon Bening, one of the greatest Flemish illuminators of all time? Why not take a few minutes to read about his pictorial technique?
Here is an Alumina article about the magnificent Codex Manesse, very possibly the most representative manuscript of German miniature.
Is that time of the year again, so we'd like to wish you all happy holidays Facsimile Finder style!
True, making a quality facsimile is a challenging process, but there is something special and even magic in seeing the sumptuous features of magnificent ancient manuscripts faithfully reproduced in a modern printed book.
Find out more about the Bible of St. Louis, a 13th century manuscript commissioned by Blanche of Castile for her son Louis IX, king of France. Browse through our facsimiles selection and pick the one for you!
What are the modern techniques which allow the turning of a unique original illuminated manuscript into a perfect facsimile? How can a faithful to the original copy be achieved, from the use of colors to the application of gold and silver shades?
Enjoy this week's article regarding a masterpiece of Flemish Renaissance: the Grimani Breviary, illuminated by masters of the like of Alexander Bening and Simon Bening.
Photography and digitalization made the greatest changes in the world of facsimiles. But what was the impact of technological advances in the facsimile making process? What kind of changes did they bring forth?
If you love libraries and medieval manuscripts, check out this article about Jean, Duke of Berry, and his unique library collection.