The Art Of The Pen: Calligraphy From The Court Of The Emperor Rudolf II - Lee Hendrix
Thames & Hudson Ltd (2003)
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Calligraphy, Illumination Of Books And Manuscripts, Miniature Painting, Miniature Painting, Italian, Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta

The court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II produced nothing more amazing than the Mira calligraphiae monumenta, a brilliant demonstration of two arts - calligraphy and miniature painting. The combination of word and image is rare and constitutes one of the marvels of the Central European Renaissance. The project began when Rudolf’s predecessor commissioned the master calligrapher, Georg Bocskay, to create a model book of calligraphy. A pre-eminent scribe, Bocskay assembled a vast selection of contemporary and historic scripts ranging from the latest Italic and humanist writing to antique Roman and German Gothic. Many were intended not for practical use but for virtuosic display - lines filled with vines, mirror writing and tiny micrography. Years later, court artist Joris Hoefnagel filled the spaces on each page with images of fruit, flowers, insects, and other natural minutiae. The manuscript is now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Product Details
Dewey 745
Format Hardcover
Cover Price 16,45 €
No. of Pages 64
Height x Width 180 x 130 mm