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    ILLUSTRIOUS ILLUMINATIONS: CHRISTIAN MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE HIGH GOTHIC TO THE HIGH RENAISSANCE (1250-1540)
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    The University Museum and Art Gallery will be working with the McCarthy Collection to display, for the first time in Hong Kong, an exquisite selection of Gothic and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

    Long treasured as visual presentations of the Christian Gospel, these miniature paintings give evidence of the talent and culture connected to the art of book illustration. At a time when large parts of society remained illiterate, both text and image in rare books, such as Bibles and Books of Hours, presented an art form to which only a few community members had access. Today, in a flood of visual information, these exceptional documents highlight the important historic and cultural from which they emerge.


    Leaf from a Gradual Depicting The Adoration of the Magi (from The Life of Christ) and a Historiated Initial "E" ('Ecce avenit')

     Don Simone Camaldolese and workshop

     Florence, Italy, c. 1380-1390

     Tempera, gold and ink on vellum

     H: 59.2 cm; W: 41.5 cm

     

    Leaf from a Rosarium Depicting The Nativity (from The Life of Christ)

     Simon Bening (Bruges, 1483/1484-1561)

     Bruges, Southern Netherlands, c. 1520-1530

     Tempera and gold on vellum

     H: 7.6 cm; W: 4.5 cm

     

    Prayer Book or Psalter Leaf with Full-page Miniature Depicting The Annumciation (from The Life of Christ)

     Lake Constance or possibly the Upper Rhine, Germany, c. 1260

     Ink, wash, paint and gold on vellum

     H: 18 cm, W: 13.5 cm

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