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Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta: A 16th Century Manuscript Inscribed by Georg Bocskay and Illuminated by Joris Hoefnagel [Hardcover]

Lee Hendrix , Thea Vignau-Wilberg , Joris Hoefnagel
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Book Description

Feb 1992
In 1561-62, Georg Bocskay, imperial secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, inscribed the Mira calligraphiae monumenta as a testament to his preeminence among scribes. He assembled a vast selection of contemporary and historical scripts, which nearly thirty years later were further embellished by Joris Hoefnagel, Europe's last great manuscript illuminator. This book, now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, is reproduced here in complete facsimile form, accompanied by a commentary that includes a full description; a discussion of its patron, Rudolf II, and his cultural and historical milieu; the biographies of Hoefnagel and Bocskay; and an analysis of the manuscript's role in their careers. The introduction discusses the broader issues raised by the manuscript. Topics include Hoefnagel's nature imagery, which encompasses plants, fruits, and small animals, and its relation to the spread of interest in botany and zoology at the end of the sixteenth century. Another topic is calligraphy and its place in the art and culture of the sixteenth century. The manuscript's remarkable calligraphy will be of particular interest not only to scholars but to collectors, graphic designers, and typographers as well.

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  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US; Box edition (Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089236212X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892362127
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,142,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This small book is a joy to hold and to behold, and should be of special interest to graphic designers, calligraphers, and other artists as well as to art historians. Recommended for all libraries."--Choice

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This is an excellent reproduction of an exquisite manuscript produced during the last phases of the hand-written, hand-illuminated book. The introductory texts are concerned primarily with the history of the two artists responsible for the creation of this work, with some space devoted to its provenence and patron. The majority of pages are, of course, devoted to the plates themselves; no words can do justice to the art displayed therein. Commentary on the plates is mostly limited to identification of the various flora and fauna displayed on the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful reproduction of an exquisite manuscript 16 Aug 1997
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Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent reproduction of an exquisite manuscript produced during the last phases of the hand-written, hand-illuminated book. The introductory texts are concerned primarily with the history of the two artists responsible for the creation of this work, with some space devoted to its provenence and patron. The majority of pages are, of course, devoted to the plates themselves; no words can do justice to the art displayed therein. Commentary on the plates is mostly limited to identification of the various flora and fauna displayed on the pages
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3.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece but too small format 26 Mar 2009
By Marco Maroccolo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Nothing to add to other reviews, this is just a great masterpiece and a wonderful book. But for this reason it deserve a much larger format than the actual 7.8 x 5.1 inches. So 5 stars to the content but 1 star to the size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent work of art 25 Feb 2009
By Busy book lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is simply an amazing reproduction of a book that was beautifully created by hand. I use it repeatedly for inspiration and to remind myself that art, be it calligraphic or pictorial, will long outlive and outlast those who create it. I've had people request motifs done in similar manner and like-treatment to other flora and fauna as well as lettering styles. Many to whom I show this book just can't put it down for its beauty. The original is a masterpiece, the reproduction does justice to the original work and places it into the hands of the average person. If you cannot afford to purchase it, I recommend asking your library to purchase it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sampler of Renaissance manuscript art and calligraphy 28 Feb 2008
By Kahne Questor - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this volume! It has an amazing variety of virtuoso calligraphy combined with marvelous illuminations of fruits, flowers,and small creatures. It's a sampler of everything a very imaginative calligrapher could put on a page. The text is interesting and informative. It was a good buy!
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