The jokes played by the young Limbourg Brothers, the Duke’s exotic animals… In this imaginary interview, the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry told us what it means to be one of the most cherished manuscripts in the whole world.
Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?
An art scholar recently called it the rock star of medieval manuscript illumination. The story of this manuscript is so thrilling we couldn’t resist asking ourselves some questions — we also imagined the manuscript’s answers.
Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Sketchbook of Francesco di Giorgio Martini in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?
It is hard to tell who Aesop really was, but hundreds of generations have read his Fables. And in 15th-century Italy, a group of prominent painters illustrated many of his tales in a lavish manuscript.
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!
Which illuminator gave life to Charles V’s military achievements through painting? An Alumina article sheds new light on a collection of 16th-century parchment leaves kept in the British Library.
When we discovered the connection between a 15th-century astrology manuscript and a nearby humanist church, we wanted to see it for ourselves. Follow us on a trip to Renaissance Rimini!
If you think you have already seen the strangest outfits in the world, check out these medieval clothes and accessories, some of which were considered “inventions of the devil” by the Church.
When the Duke of Modena, Borso d’Este, commissioned a lavish, two-volume bible to be illuminated by the best artists of his age, he had a specific political purpose in mind. Scroll down to see the video!