Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MSS Rothschild 2529

Breviary of Martin of Aragon Facsimile Edition

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The Breviary of Martin of Aragon, also known as the Breviario secundum ordinem cisterciensem, is the most exquisite manuscript commissioned by the Aragon family in international Gothic style. Crafted in Spain in two periods, 1398-1410 and 1420-1430, it contains ninety-three large, colorful illustrations and magnificent frames crafted by at least four artists. The monumentally sized manuscript was commissioned by Martin I of Aragon (1356-1409), whose devotion to art and intense religiousness led him to support the creation of important works.

The breviary, a prayer book to be used by the clergy during mass, is enriched by half-page miniatures, small miniatures, full-page miniatures and a large number of historiated initials. The Latin text is further adorned with magnificent tendril decorations. The Breviary's artists include Leonardo Crespi, as well as two unidentified illuminators who represented Valencian and Catalan artistic styles respectively.

The manuscript aimed to explain the relation between the New and Old Testaments, and to underline the Aragon family's deep religiousness. The illustration of the Epiphany (fol. 145 r.) shows Caspar and Balthasar wearing clothing and accessories used by the Aragon family – the Annunciation on fol. 326r. highlights Martin I's commitment to the devotio moderna movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Breviary of Martin of Aragon": Breviario de Martín de Aragón facsimile edition, published by Reales Sitios, 2010

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Breviario de Martín de Aragón

Madrid: Reales Sitios, 2010

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Planas Badenas, Josefina
  • Limited Edition: 800 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Breviary of Martin of Aragon: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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