The Hours of Joanna I of Castile, Joanna the Mad (The London Rothschild Prayerbook)

The British Library, London




Shelf mark: Add. Ms. 35313.
Date: c. 1500.
Size: ± 237 x 163 mm.
482 illustrated pages with 75 full-page illuminations.
Bound in brown leather embossed with gold.
Leather case.
Full-colour commentary volume (432 p.) by Carlos Miranda García-Tejedor (Doctor in History).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited  to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-96400-16-0

The Hours of Joanna I of Castile, Joanna the Mad (The London Rothschild Prayerbook) The British Library, London The British Library, London

Shelf mark: Add. Ms. 35313.
Date: c. 1500.
Size: ± 237 x 163 mm.
482 illustrated pages with 75 full-page illuminations.
Bound in brown leather embossed with gold.
Leather case.
Full-colour commentary volume (432 p.) by Carlos Miranda García-Tejedor (Doctor in History).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited  to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-96400-16-0





Commentary volume

The Hours of Joanna I of Castile, Joanna the Mad (The London Rothschild Prayerbook) The British Library, London


In this book you will find all the miniatures of this exceptionnal prayer book, full-colour, made for Joanna I of Castile, accompanied by a detailed explanation which will allow you to fully enjoy them.

Format: 210 x 300 mm
Pages: 432
Illustrations: 352
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-84-96400-15-3

CONTENTS:

From the editor to the reader

The social aspects and production of books of hours in late fifteenth-century Flanders

The Hours of Joanna of Castile: A regal masterpiece created by two ateliers


Iconographic analysis
Carlos Miranda García-Tejedor (Doctor in History)

Notes
Bibliography






Description

The Hours of Joanna I of Castile, Joanna the Mad (The London Rothschild Prayerbook) The British Library, London


The illuminations in this exceptional Book of Hours (also known as the London Rothschild Prayerbook) are the work of Gerard Horenbout, the leading Flemish illuminator of the 16th century, and Alexander Bening and his atelier, who painted most of the miniatures of the Suffrages of the Saints.

The miniatures are characterised by their three-dimensional realism and great sophistication, particularly those illustrating the Passion cycle. The faces charged with emotion, along with the liveliness and realism of the illuminated scenes make this codex one of the most impressive works by the Flemish artist.

The lavishness of the manuscript suggests that it was commissioned by a monarch. The references to St John the Baptist, St Ildephonsus and St Isidore are indicative of a member of the Spanish royalty: maybe Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castile.



Customer reviews
The Hours of Joanna I of Castile, Joanna the Mad (The London Rothschild Prayerbook)
The British Library, London





“The Book of Hours is stunningly beautiful! It arrived very quickly -much sooner than I would have expected with overseas shipping.”

Eileen B. – University of B., Paris




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