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The golden age of Dutch manuscript painting
Defoer, H. L. M.
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First edition.
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New York : G. Braziller, 1990.
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318 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 30 cm
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Catalog of an exhibition organized by the Pierpont Morgan Library and held Mar. 1-May 6, 1990.
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ND3167 .D43 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dutch illuminated manuscripts of the 15th century were earthier and more realistic than their better-known French or Burgundian counterparts. Instead of an idealized aristocratic world, we have the fearsome ``proto-Boschian Hell-mouth'' depicted in the Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves, one of the treasures spotlighted in this album. Biblical events are portrayed with fresh immediacy. While religious illumination predominates, there are pungently naturalistic glimpses of room interiors, landscapes and people--a pictorial repository of late medieval Netherlandish life. This richly illustrated catalogue of an exhibiton at the Pierpont Morgan Library in Manhattan will appeal most to art connoisseurs and students of Dutch culture. Along with the Cleves Hours, it samples the Egmont Breviary's mysterious, semi-impressionist figures, as well as works by many other predominantly anonymous artists. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The inadequate appreciation of 15th-century Dutch manuscript illumination is handsomely redressed in this superbly illustrated and amply documented catalog. In addition to precise codicological data and excellent color and black-and-white reproductions from each of the exhibition's 109 manuscripts, an individual essay scrutinizes the content, style, and probable place of origin and patronage of each work. In his informative introduction, Marrow provides a cogent analysis of the manuscripts' social and spiritual environment, an understanding of the formal development of the style, and an appreciation of its diverse local aspects and distinctive masters. Twelve additional essays further refine our comprehension of the tradition's chronological phases, anonymous artistic personalities, and regional subdivisions. Although the work has been produced with a sumptuousness of the sort associated with coffee-table books, this scholarly catalog is, in fact, a noteworthy contribution to the history of early Netherlandish painting.-- Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This volume was published in connection with an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum Het Catherijneconvent in Utrecht (Holland) and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. It contains an introductory essay written by the leading scholar in the field, James H. Marrow, and descriptions of 108 manuscripts that were written and illuminated in the Netherlands during the 15th century, and that are now preserved in a variety of public and private collections in Europe and America. The authors of the catalog section, which makes up the bulk of the book, have divided their material into 12 parts, each representing distinctive groupings that mark the major stages of Dutch book illumination in this period. The high point is likely to be the body of painting attributed to the Master of the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, whose activity the catalog situates in the period 1430-60, but there are other striking episodes in this art that the publication brings to light, in some instances for the first time. The volume is attractively produced and copiously illustrated with both black-and-white and color photographs of good quality. It will undoubtedly remain the basic reference work on this subject for the foreseeable future. For advanced undergraduates. -W. Cahn, Yale University