The end of term is in sight and the days are getting longer. And that means we’re all daydreaming of summer. Whether your summer plans call for research or relaxation, take advantage of some stellar temporary exhibitions happening around the globe that are highlighting the production, context, and craftsmanship of medieval art. These exhibitions are pushing boundaries, considering new contexts, and boasting bold feats—several of these exhibitions present artworks on view in North America and Europe for the first time. Let us know your favourites by sharing your thoughts in the comments below. Happy Summer!
Les Enluminures warmly invites you to visit us at the
SALON INTERNATIONAL DU LIVRE RARE & DE L’OBJET D’ART STAND C5
where we will be exhibiting an exceptional selection of illuminated manuscripts, Books of Hours, Text Manuscripts and miniatures.
Avenue Winston Churchill
Thursday, April 6, 5 pm – 10 pm
April 7 to 9, 2017
Daily, 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm
This exhibition will seek to reveal a “new” history of medieval French literature by presenting a group of 15 very rare, previously unpublished, mostly illuminated manuscripts written in French between c. 1300 and c. 1550. The manuscripts encompass a wide variety of subjects ranging from literature and science, philosophy and theology, to history and government.
Of special interest will be a section within the exhibition devoted to the often overlooked but critically important role played by French medieval women in advancing the “mother tongue”. As authors, subjects, patrons, and collectors, French women like the 16th- century patron and poet Catherine d’Amboise were important champions of the vernacular. Their advocacy helped ensure that French would overtake Latin in less than two centuries to become the national language of literature.
The exhibition will be on view at Les Enluminures New York, from April 2- 26, and Les Enluminures Paris, from May 13 – May 20. The INHA Paris Colloquium will take place on May 17.
For more information, please visit. http://www.lesenluminures.com/expodetail.php?cat=coming&expoid=47&
Forthcoming Exhibition: Saint Louis
Paris, 8 October 2014 – 11 January 2015
King Louis IX (1214-1270) was a personality that exercised an unusually high amount of influence throughout the medieval West. Few other French kings possessed a comparable charisma, and no other was canonised. Louis IX’s double identity as a king and a saint created an almost mythical figure, whose ideological instrumentalisation obscured his actual character.
In 2014, on occasion of the eight centenary of the king’s birth, the imprints of Louis IX, both within the domaines of political action and royal artistic patronage, will be revisited. A selection of 130 works of art of exceptionally high quality, coming from some of the most renowned French collections (Louvre, Cluny, Orsay, Archives Nationales and BnF), and accompanied by rare manuscripts, ivories and reliquaries kept outside of France (United States, Italy, Netherlands, Vatican State), will bear witness to the greatness of Parisian art under the reign of Louis IX.
The Sainte-Chapelle which was erected at the heart of the royal palace in order to treasure the Passion relics and which is one of the most elegant expressions of Gothic architecture, will be one of the highlights of the exhibition parcours.
Further highlights to be expected:
- The Treasure of the Sainte-Chapelle
- A previously unpublished 3D-reconstruction of the Palais de la Cité in the 13th century
- Original stained glass windows from the Sainte-Chapelle, in storage since the 19th century and now restored
- Rarely exhibited artworks
- Reconstitution of artistic ensembles nowadays dispersed
Commissariat: Pierre-Yves Le Pogam, Chief Conservator at the Musée du Louvre.
Catalogue: Saint Louis, with a foreword by Jacques Le Goff and edited by Pierre-Yves Le Pogam. Editions du patrimoine.