On the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and their Facsimiles
Hunting, particularly falconry, was a distinguished practice of the courtly elite globally across the Middle Ages. In addition to indicating noble status, hunting was also the subject of study and scientific inquiry. Coupling texts and direct observation, Emperor Frederick II contends that he spent thirty years compiling the famed treatise on ornithology and falconry "On the Art of Hunting with Birds".
We want to thank everyone who has followed our journey into the world of The Divine Comedy, taking a closer look at George Cochrane’s artistic process in completing ‘La Divina Commedia - The New Manuscript’
George wanted to create a new edition that recalled many of the things that were visible in the time of Dante: every move the artist made was a careful choice.
"That connection of handwriting, telling a story in sequence, where you use words and pictures to tell a story, is a very strong connection.”
The way Dante’s work first appeared was in manuscripts, so handwriting is a part of the way that his poem had first appeared.
As George works tirelessly to complete his new Divine Comedy, he always looks to 700 years of Art inspired by Dante.
"My daily routine was modeled on the Medieval monks’: I have kept to a rigid schedule, waking before dawn to scribe my manuscript pages. Each page took me about 1.5 hours to complete. I would write, every single day for months, as many lines as I could complete before going to work."
Like many love stories, artist George Cochrane’s is about overcoming impossible odds.
Dante’s Reimagined Divine Comedy Bursts Forth from the Pen of Artist George Cochrane. Information on Prices and on the Upcoming Kickstarter Campaign.
Summer has come and if you are feeling romantic I have just the manuscript for you! It is Pierre Sala's Little Book of Love, a jewel of Renaissance.
The Master of James IV of Scotland, a most talented and prominent illuminator from the decades bookending the year 1500, was named after his work in this very Book of Hours. This extravagant manuscript was likely made as a gift for the king of Scotland and Margaret Tudor around the time of their 1503 wedding.
Did you know that ancient cooking manuals contained humor and parody? Or why Dante called one of his poems "The Banquet"? Take a peek in the kitchens and dining rooms of bygone centuries!
One of a few extant codices in the format of a rolled cylinder scroll, this impressive work was crafted by indigenous artists with European influences. Read on to discover never-ending story of the Tulane Codex.
Our friends from Müller & Schindler surprise us with a new, unprecedented manuscript of the Apocalypse made during a troubled time for Europeans: the beginning of the 15th century.
The Divine Comedy of Alfonso of Aragon witnessed the Italian Renaissance, the Spanish Inquisition, and lived in the library of a prominent English book collector of the 19th century. We could not miss the opportunity to ask some questions!