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The Seduction of the Soul in the Duke of Berry's Prayer Books

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

One of the great patrons of religious art, the Duke of Berry was also a pleasure-seeker and a sensualist. In this lecture, Thomas Kren, senior curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, looks at the tension between spirituality and sensuality in the Belles Heures, on view in the current exhibition The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry and elsewhere in the duke's magnificent collection of manuscripts.

About the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry
The exhibition The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry (on view through February 8, 2009, at the Getty Center) features the Belles Heures, one of the most beloved books of the Middle Ages and one of the most sumptuous. Painted by the Limbourg brothers when the art of manuscript illumination in France reached new heights of elegance and sophistication, the book, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is presented with its individual leaves unbound. The resulting display offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the visitor to walk through the book to view all of its major miniatures, a unique gallery of paintings of sublime beauty.

About Thomas Kren
A renowned historian of medieval manuscripts, Thomas Kren is the founding curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum's Department of Manuscripts, which encompasses masterpieces from late antiquity through the Renaissance. He is an expert on Netherlandish and French art of the Middle Ages and the author of numerous books, including French Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum, A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII, and Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, which won the 2004 Eric Mitchell Prize for exhibition catalogues.

Saint Catherine Tended by Angels / Limbourg Brothers

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