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Re: [BKARTS] Renaissance Book Complete at Last



Thank you Christine.

Bruce
----- Original Message -----
From: Christine McNair <plums_and_cherries@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:         Fri, 1 Oct 2004 14:29:01 +0100
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Renaissance Book Complete at Last

> The British Library has some information on the manuscript here:http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/sforza.html
>
> Also, they have a 'turning the pages' shockwave version of the book here:
> http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/digitisation1.html
>
> Very much doubt this includes the newly bought pages, but you can see the rest of the book.
>
> Christine
>
> Bruce Levy <levybooks@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Is there any way to see images of the book?
>
> Bruce
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: CulPropProtNet/MusSecNetwork
> Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 23:14:49 +0200
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [BKARTS] Renaissance Book Complete at Last
>
> > Renaissance Book Complete at Last
> >
> > By Sherna Noah, Arts Correspondent, PA News
> >
> >
> > One of the most famous books to come out of the Italian Renaissance, The
> > Sforza Hours, has finally been completed &#8211; more than 500 years after its
> > creation.
> >
> > The book of Christian private devotions was commissioned around 1490, and
> > took around 20 years to complete, but just before it was finished three of
> > its highly-prized pages were stolen from the illuminator&#8217;s workshop.
> >
> > The missing leaves only resurfaced about 65 years ago and one of them has
> > remained in private hands &#8211; separated from the illuminated manuscript &#8211; ever
> > since.
> >
> > Now the British Library has purchased the last stolen page of the parchment
> > book, meaning that the treasure can be seen in its complete form for the
> > first time.
> >
> > The item consists of an illustrated calendar, marking the religious days and
> > depicting scenes from the month, and a prayer book.
> >
> > The British Museum purchased one of the missing leaves, a scene of the
> > adoration of the Kings from the prayer book, in 1941.
> >
> > The book was passed from the British Museum to the British Library in 1973,
> > and the Library bought the second page, a scene from the calendar month of
> > May, in 1984.
> >
> > The third missing leaf shows a stunning illuminated miniature of a hunting
> > scene &#8211; the seasonal activity for October.
> >
> > The book itself only measures around 130mm x 95mm (5in x 3.75in) but is
> > estimated to be worth around £10 million and is one of the Library&#8217;s finest
> > treasures.
> >
> > It was owned by two of the richest and most powerful women of the age and
> > illustrated by two of the greatest artists of the period.
> >
> > The manuscript was commissioned by Bona of Savoy, whose husband, Galeazzo
> > Sforza, Duke of Milan, had been assassinated.
> >
> > While the Milanese illuminator Giovan Pietro Birago, a contemporary of
> > Leonardo da Vinci, was working on the finishing touches, the pages were
> > stolen from his workshop.
> >
> > Birago blamed the Friar Johanne Jacopol, saying he &#8220;visited me several times
> > and on one time, when I was out of the house, acted fervently and stole the
> > said book&#8221;.
> >
> > He wrote a letter to the Friar asking for the return of the work, but his
> > request was ignored, and the leaves had by then probably been passed on.
> >
> > In 1519, the manuscript passed into the hands of Bona&#8217;s niece, the Hapsburg
> > Princess Margaret of Austria and Regent of the Netherlands.
> >
> > She arranged for duplicates of the missing pages to be made by her own
> > Flemish court painter, Gerald Horenbout.
> >
> > Dr Scot McKendrick, the Library&#8217;s head of medieval and earlier manuscripts,
> > said: &#8220;The Sforza Hours is one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts.
> >
> > &#8220;The acquisition of the October leaf ends a 500-year odyssey and we are
> > delighted that all parts of the Hours are now reunited at the British
> > Library.
> >
> > He said: &#8220;We don&#8217;t know who the scribe was but the art is of an extremely
> > high level and now we have the original and replacement leaves.
> >
> > &#8220;The stolen leaves were replaced by some of the finest Flemish miniature
> > paintings of the time, so we have a high Renaissance Italian book of words
> > with sumptuous Flemish illustrations.&#8221;
> >
> > The Library has paid £191,000 to a private dealer in Chicago for the page, a
> > figure which includes a £131,000 grant from the National Art Collections
> > Fund.
> >
> > The manuscript was given to the British Museum in 1893 by the Scottish
> > collector John Malcolm of Poltalloch and was passed to the British Library
> > when it separated from the museum in 1973.
> >
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