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The Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry
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The Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry

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  • Année de création :1411-1489
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15th century manuscript on vellum
206 sheets with two columns (30 cm X 21 cm)

66 large illuminations and 65 small illuminations
Red morocco binding featuring the Spinola and Serra families’ coats of arms, 18th century

The most precious manuscript in Chantilly is a book of prayers commissioned circa 1411 by Jean I, Duke of Berry, from the Limbourg brothers Paul, Johan and Herman, who died in 1416.

Throughout the 15th century, other illuminators worked in turn on this manuscript, such as Barthélémy d’Eyck for the royal family in circa 1440, or Jean Colombe in circa 1485 for Charles I, Duke of Savoy, who inherited the manuscript.

This treasure of international Gothic art features a mix of Flemish, French, Italian, Oriental and ancient influences.

From the time it was acquired by the Duke of Aumale in 1856, the book acquired a celebrity that is now worldwide, making it an icon of the Middle Ages.

See its pages here: