The Bedford Master was one of the most prominent French Gothic illuminators and his work enthuses art historians and admirers of illuminated manuscripts worldwide. A unique Gothic book of hours from his workshop is preserved in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle: the Sobieski Hours.
This magnificent manuscript was produced in Paris at the zenith of Gothic illumination, and has been kept for two centuries in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. It is part of the British Royal Collection, which Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, preserves for the British nation. Now, working in close collaboration with the Royal Library, Quaternio Lucerne will be able to provide access to this unusual manuscript in the form of a faithful facsimile edition.
The Sobieski Hours contains 60 full-page miniatures and more than 400 narrative scenes, as well as an illuminated border on all four sides of every text page. It is a major undertaking to reproduce the superb palette of the 234 folios of the original. Particular attention is being given to reproducing the different types of gold decoration: laid and powdered gold, and the minute patterns incised with a fine point on details such as haloes.
Discover the most fascinating of French Gothic illuminated manuscripts! Imagine it for yourself by ordering and previewing the informative documentation kit, which contains three full-sized leaves from the fine art facsimile edition, for fourteen days.
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