Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Smith-Lesouëf 42

Hours of Catherine de Médicis Facsimile Edition

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The Hours of Catherine de Médicis—so-called because it may have belonged to Catherine de Médicis (1519-1589), consort of Henri II, King of France—is an excellent example of the Franco-Flemish style of Renaissance illumination. The Doheny Master painted the Christian prayer book in Paris around 1525-1528. The manuscript shines with seventeen full-page and thirty-three small miniatures in vivid colors that illustrate the calendar and its prayers, as well as a mixture of elaborate architecturally framed borders and floral borders inhabited with birds and insects.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Hours of Catherine de Médicis": Livre d'Heures de Catherine de Médicis facsimile edition, published by CM Editores, 2022

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Manuscript book description compiled by Erin K. Donovan.
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Livre d'Heures de Catherine de Médicis

Salamanca: CM Editores, 2022

  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Hours of Catherine de Médicis: 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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