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Tournament Book

Object Details


Tournament Book






Augsburg (probably), Germany (Place Created)


about 1560–1570


Tempera colors and gold and silver paint on paper bound between original pasteboard covered with original brown calf

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XV 14 (83.MR.184)


Leaf: 43 × 28.9 cm (16 15/16 × 11 3/8 in.)

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Octavius Betta
Source: Inscription on lower cover.
Note: Next to the inscription on the front cover is a pious inscription in Czech, suggesting an early transfer of the manuscript from Bavaria to Bohemia (Prague).

- 1967

William Henry Schab, 1888 - 1975

1967 - 1983

Dr. Peter Ludwig, German, 1925 - 1996


Irene Ludwig, German, 1927 - 2010, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Illuminated Secular Manuscripts (July 17 to September 30, 1990) (fols. 7v-8)
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Illuminated Secular Manuscripts (January 24 to April 9, 1995) (fols. 7v-8)
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Ten Centuries of Manuscript Illumination in Germany and Central Europe (July 21 to October 18, 1998) (fols. 5v-6)
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Chivalry in the Middle Ages (July 8 to November 30, 2014) (fols. 7v-8; fols. 18v-19)
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All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court (August 28 to December 2, 2018) (fols. 27v-28)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 28 to December 2, 2018

The William H. Schab Gallery, New York. Catalogue Forty Four. 1967, cat. no. 4, pp. 3-4, pls. 67, 68.

"Manuscript Acquisitions: The Ludwig Collection." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12, 1984, p. 306.

von Euw, Anton, and Joachim M. Plotzek. Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig. 4 vols. (Cologne: Schnütgen-Museum, 1979-1985), vol. 4 (1985), pp. 289-99.

Touwaide, Alain. "Visions du monde médiéval à travers les manuscrits enluminées du J. P. Getty Museum (Malibu)." Scriptorium 45, no. 1 (1991), pp. 298-302.

Kren, Thomas. Illuminated Manuscripts of Germany and Central Europe in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), p. 31, figs. on pp. 124-27 (fols. 2v, 46v, 47).

Terjanian, Pierre. "The Art of the Armorer in Late Medieval and Renaissance Augsburg: The Rediscovery of the Thun Sketchbooks," Jahrbuch des Kunsthistorischen Museums Wien 13/14 (2011/2012), p. 63.