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Flemish Manuscript Painting in Context

Edited by Elizabeth Morrison and Thomas Kren

A companion to the prize-winning exhibition catalogue Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, this volume contains thirteen selected papers presented at the two conferences held in conjunction with the exhibition. The first was organized by the Getty Museum, and the second was held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, under the sponsorship of the Courtauld and the Royal Academy of Arts. Added here is an essay by Margaret Scott on the role of dress in the Burgundian court.

Chapters include Lorne Campbell's research into Rogier van der Weyden's work as an illuminator, Nancy Turner's investigation of materials and methods of painting in Flemish manuscripts, and trenchant commentary by Jonathan Alexander and James Marrow on the state of current research on Flemish illumination. A recurring theme is the structure of collaboration in manuscript production. Essays uncover an important new patron of manuscript illumination and address the role of illuminated manuscripts at the Burgundian court. A series of biographies of Burgundian scribes is also included.

Elizabeth Morrison is associate curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Thomas Kren is former associate director for collections and former senior curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.


160 pages
7 3/4 x 11 inches
67 color and 83 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-852-5

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum