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Hugo of Fouilloy (French, about 1110 - about 1173/1174)
Thérouanne ?, France (formerly Flanders) (Place Created)
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with brown morocco
Ms. Ludwig XV 3 (83.MR.173)
Leaf: 19.1 × 14.3 cm (7 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.)
Bestiaries, collections of moralizing descriptions of animals both real and legendary, were among the most popular books of the 1100s and 1200s. A pseudo-scientific catalogue, bestiary texts were drawn from the Greek Physiologus. Originally composed in the first centuries of the Christian era, translated into Latin in the 300s, and augmented throughout the Middle Ages, a bestiary explained the natural world in terms of Christian symbolism and precepts. The Getty Museum's manuscript is a compilation that includes two rare treatises by Hugo de Fouilloy in addition to the Bestiary. The first text is the Aviary, which uses the characteristics of different types of birds to make moral points. The second, Treatise on Flocks and Shepherds, constructs a metaphorical discussion of Christ as an abbot, taking care of his flock, and the abbot and monks in a monastery caring for their charges. Both of Hugo's Latin texts were intended for teaching lay brothers, those who performed manual work in a monastery. This manuscript, though made around 1270 in Flanders, is stylistically close to contemporary elegant Parisian illuminations produced at the court of King Louis IX, which are characterized by gracefully gesturing figures, vigorous outlines, and gold-patterned backgrounds.
Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois, French, 1784 - 1855, sold to Betram Ashburnham, 1849.
1849 - 1878
Bertram Ashburnham, 4th earl of Ashburnham, 1797 - 1878
1878 - 1901
Estate of Bertram Ashburnham, 4th earl of Ashburnham, 1797 - 1878 [sold, Catalogue of the Portion of the Famous Collection of Manuscripts the Property of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Ashburnham Known as the Barrois Collection, Sotheby's, London, June 10, 1901, lot 288, to Charles Fairfax Murray.]
1901 - 1906
Charles Fairfax Murray, 1849 - 1919, sold to Charles William Dyson Perrins, 1906.
1906 - 1958
Charles William Dyson Perrins, English, 1864 - 1958 [sold, Sotheby's, London, December 9, 1958, lot 7, to H.P. Kraus.]
Hans P. Kraus, Sr., American, born Austria, 1907 - 1988
Hans P. Kraus, Sr., American, born Austria, 1907 - 1988
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