Am definitely planning to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum for it’s “Imagining the Past in France 1250-1500” which dovetails beautifully with the period I’m currently working on. Christine de Pizan was in the court of Charles V and Charles VI and was actively involved in the production of her own manuscripts. The exhibition will also include a volume that documents many of the manuscripts in the exhibition. Here are details by the Getty:
Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500
November 16, 2010–February 6, 2011
In the Middle Ages, history played such an integral role in French culture that some of the greatest imagery of the period is found within the covers of historical manuscripts. Illuminations enabled heroic figures of the past—the biblical King David, Alexander the Great, the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne—to come alive before the eyes of medieval readers. Serving as both exciting narratives and propaganda, such images were immensely successful at the French court. On view exclusively at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this major international loan exhibition features rare manuscripts drawn from the collections of more than twenty-five of the world's most famous museums and libraries. The books are supplemented with ivories, tapestries, and metalwork that demonstrate how historical tales leapt from the illuminated page into other artistic forms.
Imagining the Past in France: History in Manuscript Painting, 1250–1500
Elizabeth Morrison and Anne D. Hedeman
This publication presents approximately 55 manuscripts from over 25 libraries and museums across the United States and Europe, supplemented by medieval objects ranging from tapestries to ivory boxes. Together they show how historical narratives came to play a decisive role at the French court and in the process inspired some of the most original and splendid artworks of the time. It is the first major publication to focus on exploring the ways in which text and illumination worked together to help show medieval readers the role and purpose of history.
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