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Roman du Bon Chevalier Tristan, Fils au Bon Roy Meliadus de Leonois

Object Details

Title:

Roman du Bon Chevalier Tristan, Fils au Bon Roy Meliadus de Leonois

Artist/Maker:

Jeanne de Montbaston and others (French, active about 1320 - 1355)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1320–1340

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and silver and gold leaf on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with tan calf

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XV 5 (83.MR.175)

Dimensions:

Leaf: 39.4 × 29.8 cm (15 1/2 × 11 3/4 in.)

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Provenance
Provenance
late 15th - early 16th century

Pierre Gaultier, French, late 15th - early 16th century

- 1759

Jean-Baptiste Denis Guyon, French, 1674 - 1759
Source: With his signature at the end of the text, his monogram on the back strip.

- 1783

Louis-César de La Baume Le Blanc, duc de La Vallière, French, 1708 - 1780 [sold, Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. le Duc de la Valliere, Chez Guillaume de Bure fils aîné, Paris, December 1783, lot 4015, to John Ker.]

1783 - 1812

John Ker, Scottish, 1740 - 1804 [sold, A Catalogue of the Library of the Late John Duke of Roxburghe, Robert H. Evans, London, May 18, 1812, lot 6095, to Richard Heber.]

1812 - 1836

Richard Heber, British, 1773 - 1833 [sold, Catalogue of the Library of the Late Richard Heber, Esq. Part the Eleventh. Manuscripts, Robert H. Evans, London, February 20, 1836, lot 1653, to Edward Vernon Utterson.]

1836 - 1852

Edward Vernon Utterson, British, 1777 - 1856 [sold, Catalogue of the Principal Portion of the Valuable Library of Edward V. Utterson, Esq., F.S.A., Sotheby's, London, April 126 1852, lot 1900, to Thomas Phillips.]

1852 - 1872

Sir Thomas Phillipps, first Bart, British, 1792 - 1872

1872 - 1946

Estate of Sir Thomas Phillipps, first Bart, British, 1792 - 1872 [sold, Catalogue of a Further Portion of the Renowned Library Formed by the Late Sir Thomas Phillipps ... Comprising Thirty-four Illuminated Manuscripts of the Highest Interest and Importance, Sotheby's, London, July 1, 1946, lot 7, to Martin Bodmer.]

1946 - 1974

Martin Bodmer, Swiss, 1899 - 1971 [sold, Monumenta Codicum Manu Scriptorum, H.P. Kraus, New York, 1974, lot 24, to Peter and Irene Ludwig.]

1974 - 1983

Dr. Peter Ludwig, German, 1925 - 1996 and Irene Ludwig, German, 1927 - 2010, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Ars et Ingenium: The Illuminator's Craft and Genius (July 26 to October 9, 1994) (fols. 314v-315)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 26 to October 9, 1994
Devotion and Desire: Views of Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (July 25 to October 8, 1995) (fols. 84v-85)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 25 to October 8, 1995
Picturing the Medieval Family (May 4 to July 18, 1999) (fols. 36v-37)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 4 to July 18, 1999
The Glory of the Gothic Page (December 16, 2003 to March 7, 2004) (fols. 84v-85)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 2003 to March 7, 2004
Imagining the Past in France: 1250-1500 (November 16, 2010 to February 6, 2011) (fols. 36v-37)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 16, 2010 to February 6, 2011
Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination 1200-1350 (December 13, 2011 to May 13, 2012) (fols. 53v-54; fols. 182v-183)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 13, 2011 to May 13, 2012
Chivalry in the Middle Ages (July 8 to November 30, 2014) (fols. 71v-72; fols. 84v-85)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 8 to November 30, 2014
Illuminating Women in the Medieval World (June 20 to September 17, 2017) (fols. 297v-298)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 20 to September 17, 2017
Bibliography
Bibliography

Chez Guillaume de Bure fils aîné, Paris. Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. le Duc de la Valliere. Premiere Partie. December 1, 1783, p. 614, lot 4015.

R. H. Evans Auction House, London. A Catalogue of the Library of the Late John Duke of Roxburghe. May 18, 1812, pp. 9, 167, lot 6095.

R. H. Evans Auction House, London. Catalogue of the Library of the Late Richard Heber, Esq. Part the Eleventh. Manuscripts. February 10, 1836, pp. 175-176, lot 1653.

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of a Further Portion of the Renowned Library Formed by the Late Sir Thomas Phillips. July 1, 1946, pp. 9-10, lot 7, ill.

Bourgeois, Pierre, and Julien Cain, eds. Dix siècles de livres français, exh. cat. (Lucerne: Musée des beaux-arts de Lucerne, 1949), p. 19.

Curtis, R.L. "The Problems of the Authorship of the Prose Tristan." Romania 79 (1958), pp. 314-338.

Curtis, Renée L. Tristan Studies (Munich: W. Fink, 1969), pp. 66-91.

Kraus, Hans P., ed. Monumenta Codicum Manu Scriptorum, exh. cat. (New York: H.P. Kraus, 1974), pp. 57-59.

Baumgartner, Emmanuèle. Le Tristan en Prose: Essai d'interprétation d'un roman médiéval (Genève: Librairie Droz, 1975), pp. 18-19.

"Manuscript Acquisitions: The Ludwig Collection." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12, 1984, p. 305.

von Euw, Anton, and Joachim M. Plotzek. Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig. 4 vols. (Cologne: Schnütgen-Museum, 1979-1985), vol. 4 (1985), pp. 207-21.

Curtis, Renée L. Le Roman de Tristan en prose. Vol. 1 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1985), pp. 12-13, 18-23.

Curtis, Renée L. Le Roman de Tristan en prose. Vol. 3 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1985), pp. xxviii, xxix.

Field, P.J.C. "The French Prose Tristan:  A Note of Some Manuscripts, A List of Printed Texts, and Two Correlations with Malory's Morte Darthur." Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society Vol. 41 (1989), pp. 269-287.

Schaefer, Jacqueline Thibault. "The Discourse of the Figural Narrative in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Tristan (c. 1250-1475)." In Word and Image in Arthurian Literature. Keith Busby, ed. (New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1996), pp. 175-193.

Kren, Thomas. French Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), pp. xx, 44, ill.

La Légende du Roi Arthur, exh. cat. (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Seuil, 2009), fig. at p. 167 (f. 166v, detail).

Morrison, Elizabeth, and Anne D. Hedeman, eds. Imagining the Past in France: History in Manuscript Painting, 1250-1500 (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), pp. 153-55, no. 18, ill., entry by Elizabeth Morrison; p. 278, under no. 54, entry by Elizabeth Morrison; p. 284, under no. 56, entry by Élisabeth Antoine.

Hedeman, Anne D. "Collecting the Past: 1315-1400." In Imagining the Past in France: History in Manuscript Painting 1250-1500. Elizabeth Morrison and Anne D. Hedeman, eds. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 132.

Fabre-Baudet, Sylvie. "Mise En Texte, Mise En Page Et Construction Iconographique Dans Les Manuscrits Enluminés Conservant La Version Iv Du Roman De Tristan En Prose (ms. Getty Ludwig Xv-5, Paris, Bnf, Fr. 99 Et Chantilly, Musée Condé, 645)." In Pecia 13.1 (2010), pp.345-66.

Scott, Margaret. Fashion in the Middle Ages (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 23, 32, 57, 59, fig. 17, 38.

Busby, Keith. "Text and Image in the Getty Tristan (Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV, 5)." Viator 42, no. 1 (2011), pp. 1-25.