The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice




Shelf mark: Ms. Lat. I 104/12640.
Date: c. 1340.
Size: 183 x 142 mm.
704 pages, 391 miniatures illuminated in gold.
Bound in deep red leather embossed in gold.
Full-colour commentary volume (600 p.), by Marino Zorzi (Director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana), Susy Marcon (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana de Venecia), Mª Josefa Arnall (Universidad de Barcelona), Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and J. M. García de la Mora (Universidad de Barcelona).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-88526-20-5

The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice

Shelf mark: Ms. Lat. I 104/12640.
Date: c. 1340.
Size: 183 x 142 mm.
704 pages, 391 miniatures illuminated in gold.
Bound in deep red leather embossed in gold.
Full-colour commentary volume (600 p.), by Marino Zorzi (Director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana), Susy Marcon (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana de Venecia), Mª Josefa Arnall (Universidad de Barcelona), Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and J. M. García de la Mora (Universidad de Barcelona).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-88526-20-5


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The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice




Commentary volume

The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice


Format: 210 x 300 mm
Pages: 600
Illustrations: 64
Language: Spanish with an abstract in English and German
ISBN: 978-84-88526-18-2

CONTENTS:

Del editor al lector

Introducción
Marino Zorzi (Director de la Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)

Noticias codicológicas y sobre su procedencia
Susy Marcon (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana de Venecia)

Estudio paleográfico
Mª Josefa Arnall (Universidad de Barcelona)

María de Navarra y la ilustración del libro de horas de la Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

Transcripción
Mª Josefa Arnall

Traducción
J. M. García de la Mora (Universidad de Barcelona)

Paläographische Auswertung
Mª Josefa Arnall (Universidad de Barcelona)

Historische und künstlerische Auswertung
Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

A paleographic assessment
Mª Josefa Arnall (Universidad de Barcelona)

A historical and artistic assessment
Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

 






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The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice


On 26 April 1342, Peter the Ceremonious wrote to his wife, Queen Mary of Navarre, asking her to send him from Valencia, as quickly as possible, the extremely beautiful book of hours painted by Ferrer Bassa (oras pulcriores...quas depinxit Pferrarius Bassa). The document emphasises that this extraordinary work of art was admired far and wide and not only by a king whose meticulousness, love of detail and desire for perfection caused him to be known as Ceremonious.

The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre has been considered to be the first, fascinating and early representative of the globalisation of culture. It combines a wealth of lavish illustrations with a rich liturgical content featuring practically exclusive offices, such as the hours in honour of her direct ascendant, St Louis.

Particularly noteworthy in the Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre is the spatial layout and the use of rich and delicate tones. A characteristic trait of the artist is the way he portrays the figures’ faces with straight, sharp noses and a penetrating gaze: a type that was to persist for many years in paintings in the lands belonging to the Crown of Aragon.

The scenes painted in this magnificent manuscript reveal the Sienese influence which softens the plastic language imposed by Giotto and incorporates the rhythm and vitality of Gothic drawings, resulting in smoother forms and more harmonious compositions.

Familiar, intimist details combine with the great sensuality used to depict materials to make this codex – Peter the Ceremonious’s favourite manuscript – the finest of Ferrer Bassa’s oeuvre, his masterpiece and the greatest expression of his art. A perfect example of how the artist used different influences in an eclectic and personal manner, without letting any leave their stamp upon him, to create a personal, original and unmistakable style.

The Book of Hours of Maria of Navarre also has the honour of being the first book of hours to be painted on the Iberian Peninsula.



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