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Book of Treasures f. 24r, The coronation of Charlemagne by the pope

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f. 24r, The coronation of Charlemagne by the pope

Following the text of Brunetto Latini, this initial opens the new Christian history, and the next three miniatures are dedicated to three of its episodes, which are the coronation of Charlemagne by the pope (f.24r) and two other events of importance for the Guelph Brunetto Latini that reflect the relationship between the Papal Court in Rome and Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, i.e. Pope Gregory dispatching his messengers (f.26v) and Pope Innocent excommunicating Frederick (f.27v).
From a composition viewpoint, the three miniatures are dealt with in approximately the same way: on one side, the pope is seated on a splendid throne; a kneeling figure (the emperor Charlemagne in this scene) and a group of knights (the entourage of the emperor, in this folio).
 
None of the three miniatures are static: the characters are remarkably animated and convey their attitude towards the event taking place with amplified gestures so commonplace in illustrations between the 13th and 14th centuries.
 
I.P Moretsova, State Research Institute for Restoration (GosNIIR)

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