Book of Treasures

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


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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