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The Gualenghi d'Este Hours: Art and Devotion in Renaissance Ferrara

  • Kurt Barstow

    One of the most important Italian manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, the lavishly illuminated Gualenghi-d'Este Hours was created around 1469, for the occasion of the marriage of diplomat Andrea Gualengo to Orsina d'Este, a member of Ferrara's ruling family. The devotional book features brilliant figural decoration of the suffrages short prayers to saints and was painted by Taddeo Crivelli, one of the major manuscript illuminators of the Renaissance.

    This volume includes reproductions of all of the illuminations in the book plus selected text pages, each with commentary. The author examines the book's vivid devotional imagery in relation to contemporary works of art that help explain the significance for its fifteenth-century patrons. This beautifully illustrated book was published to coincide with an exhibit of the manuscript and related material at the Getty Museum in 2000.

    Kurt Barstow is the former assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

    "Barstow is always interesting, always suggestive, often persuasive."

    "This lovely, accessible, and informative book helps both to acquaint readers with the specifics of Ferrara and to understand some of its links with other parts of Italy."

    "A book of outstanding elegance."
    —Book Collector

    "Barstow's thorough research is evident from the first pages of this focused book."
    —Library Journal

    272 pages
    6 1/2 x 9 inches
    39 color and 89 duotone illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-370-4

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum