Berthold Furtmeyr in Munich – Illuminated Manuscripts, vols. 1 and 2
Berthold Furtmeyr was one of the most outstanding late-period illuminators in Germany. Between 1470 and 1501 he ran a flourishing illumination workshop in Regensburg. The Bavarian State Library owns the Munich Furtmeyr Bible (Cgm 8010 a) and the multi-volume Salzburg Missal (Clm 15709–12), his two most celebrated illuminated manuscripts. Quaternio Editions Lucerne is publishing both of Furtmeyr’s major works in two volumes, which together comprise a picture gallery of around 700 miniature illustrations of the Old and New Testaments.
Vol. 1: The Munich Furtmeyr Bible contains the Old Testament in words and pictures, from Genesis to the Book of Ruth. Written in a style of German that is still legible today, this masterpiece of Regensburg illumination is richly illustrated with three full-page miniatures, 355 smaller miniatures depicting scenes from the Bible, and many colourful ornamental initials.
Vol. 2: The Salzburg Missal contains the masses for the liturgical year and feast days. It took more than ten years for the artist to create this splendid, five-volume missal, whose illuminations document the life of Jesus, from birth to resurrection, in impressive miniatures. Among Furtmeyr’s accomplishments is his painterly, nuanced use of luminous colours, which, in combination with the glowing gold surfaces, create a heretofore unknown wealth of beauty.
The Art Book Edition at a Glance: Two opulent volumes with comments and reproductions of all of the images from the Munich Furtmeyr Bible and the Salzburg Missal in chronological order, edited by the Bavarian State Library, Munich. Each volume contains an extensive, illustrated essay (in German only).
Dimensions: 23 × 32.5cm each; content: 176 pages and 208 pages respectively, with a total of about 700 full-colour illustrations. Cloth binding decorated with inlaid title vignettes for both volumes; delivery in a gold-stamped cloth slipcase.
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