Book of Treasures

Book of Treasures f. 5r, Master with his clergymen pupils

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f. 5r, Master with his clergymen pupils

It must be said that the miniatures in the Tresor(apart from those in the margins) are not endowed with any complementary meaning: they are direct illustrations of the text which reflect the contents of the corresponding section or chapter and usually portray the character being discussed, be it a “historical” person or a fantastic animal in the bestiary.
Each scene is portrayed beneath architectonic arches breaking the miniatures down into different areas: the teacher appears under one arch and the pupils under another. In the first miniature (f. 5r)—particularly significant—the scene of action is divided into three areas by a triple arch featuring the author in the centre flanked by the listeners—the clergymen pupils. The author, seated and viewed from the front, addresses a group of pupils to the left whilst pointing with his right forefinger to the right, to a book lying open on a desk and the pupils on that side. In this way, and with a relatively small number of characters, the scene conveys an impression of dense solidity combined with pomposity suitable for the opening of the work.

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