One of the greatest treasures that British Library owns, among its vast collection of manuscripts, is The Isabella Breviary, a late 15th century piece that has the most beautiful illuminations from Flemish artists of that period in time. On our art book, we offer you full-colour images of all the paintings from the original manuscript, commented by subject matter experts.
Among the many miniatures of the Breviary, made by six different artists, stand out the illuminations created by the Master of the Dresden Payer Book, its main artist, as well as those made by the Master of James IV of Scotland, who added new elements from Renaissance to the work. Nigel Morgan, Emeritus Honorary Professor of the History of Art at Cambridge University, studies one by one all these images just for you.
This art book is a unique, original and accurate masterpiece. Furthermore, on its 352 pages, you will find full information on the historical context of an amazing manuscript that Queen Isabella received back in 1497 from her ambassador, Francisco de Rojas, as a gift to commemorate both her children’s wedding. This study book reviews all the international alliances of this time in history, marked by the territorial expansions that followed the discovery of America.