Codices illustres: The world's most famous illuminated manuscripts

Ingo F. Walther, Norbert Wolf
504 pages
10.8 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
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Famous Manuscripts: The fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination

From The Book of Kells to Boccaccio's Decameron and from the Vienna Genesis to Dante's Divine Comedy—see the breathtaking originals of 167 of the greatest classics of all time. This lavishly produced book introduces the reader to the fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination. The most beautiful and important medieval scripts from 400 to 1600 are presented in chronological order and described in full. Each sample of script is headed by a highly informative synopsis which serves to orient the reader at a glance. These synopses—together with the abundance of brilliant, large-format reproductions— make this book unparalleled in its field.

Although the focus is on European manuscripts (French, Dutch, German, Italian, English, and Spanish), examples have also been selected to illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination from non-European cultures (Mexican, Persian, Indian, Ottoman, etc.). A 36-page appendix contains biographies of the artists as well as an extensive bibliography, an index, and most importantly, a glossary in which the technical terms used in the book can quickly be found. This is a rare opportunity to come face-to-face with incredibly precious treasures that one would otherwise never see, treasures once belonging to emperors and kings, and now worth many millions.