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Botanical Illuminations Umbrella - Maroon

Elegant dual-layer umbrella featuring exquisite details from an illuminated model book of calligraphy in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

- Manual open/close
- Length: 36.6 inches
- Diameter: 40.2 inches
- Materials: Polyester satin cloth, brass, and crystal rhinestones
- Includes fabric storage pouch
- Made in Italy
- Item#: OM502RCUWS839D

Made exclusively for the Getty by Walking Sticks, an artisan company that creates luxury accessories and objects for several uses, and leader in the production of walking sticks. With the passing of time, it has become a byword for quality thanks to the care for small particulars, to elegance and tradition, obtaining great results in the worldwide market. It has developed with its creativity a design aiming to satisfy all client requests, communicating taste and originality of the Made in Italy artisan products.

Information on the referenced art object:
From 1561 to 1562, Georg Bocskay, court secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, created the Mira calligraphiae monumenta in Vienna to demonstrate his technical mastery of the immense range of writing styles known to him. About thirty years later, Emperor Rudolph II, Ferdinand's grandson, commissioned Joris Hoefnagel to illuminate Bocskay's model book. Hoefnagel added fruit, flowers, and insects to nearly every page, composing them so as to enhance the unity and balance of the page's design.

Source Object Title: Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Model book of calligraphy)
Artist/Maker: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian
1542 - 1600 and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575)
Culture: Flemish and Hungarian Place: Vienna, Austria (Place Created)
Date: written 1561-1562; illumination added about 1591-1596
Medium: Tempera colors, watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment         and paper bound between pasteboard covered with red morocco
Object Number: Ms. 20 (86.MV.527)
Dimensions: Leaf: 16.6 x 12.4 cm (6 9/16 x 4 7/8 in.)