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November 18, 2008–February 8, 2009 at the Getty Center

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
By Timothy Bates Husband

This new book, published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Getty Museum, reproduces in full color and at actual size all the ravishing illuminations in the great manuscript, one of the chief treasures of The Cloisters Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The luminous scenes exemplify the transcendent splendor of the Limbourg brothers' talents and the luxurious taste of their princely patron.

Available in the Museum Stores at the Getty Center and online from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
(Hardcover, $65)

Translating the Past

Translating the Past
Laurent de Premierfait and Boccaccio's De casibus

By Anne D. Hedeman

This book traces the history of Laurent de Premierfait's 15th-century French translation of Giovanni Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium, a 14th-century Latin text of tales that exemplify the corrupting effects of power.
(Hardcover, $60.00)

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French Illuminated Manuscripts

French Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum
By Thomas Kren

Containing reproductions of masterpieces from such works as a 9th-century Bible from Tours to a book of prayers written and illuminated in Paris by Jean-Pierre Rousselet in the 18th century, this book surveys the richness of the Getty's holdings of French manuscripts.
(Paperback, $19.95)

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A Treasury of Hours

A Treasury of Hours
Selections from Illuminated Prayer Books
Introduction and commentaries by Fanny Faÿ-Sallois
Foreword by Dominique Ponnau

This beautifully illustrated volume presents selected pages from more than a dozen precious 14th- and 15th-century manuscripts—most of which have never before been published.
(Hardcover, $19.95)

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