CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Illuminated manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands

Exhibition: 24 August 2010 - 6 February 2011

Information from the museum website, 16 March 2010

he splendor of the late medieval court of the dukes of Burgundy evokes the legendary Camelot. Its magnificence was expressed in lavish banquets, pageants, and tournaments, as well as luxury goods such as tapestries, paintings, metalwork, and particularly illuminated manuscripts.

This exhibition traces the tradition of Netherlandish manuscript painting from the 12th century to its extraordinary flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. By the mid-1400s the Burgundians held sway over much of the Netherlands, including the prosperous Flemish towns of Ghent and Bruges (in present-day Belgium) and the Dutch city of Utrechtall important centers of manuscript production. At this time Netherlandish books, especially from Ghent and Bruges, dominated the European market. They were created for an international clientele of princes, dukes, cardinals, bishops, and wealthy burghers.

Because manuscripts are sensitive to light, this exhibition is presented in two installations: August 24–November 7, 2010; and November 9, 2010–February 6, 2011. After eleven weeks the books’ pages will be turned to reveal further illuminated riches.