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May 8, 2010

The Art of Illumination at the Met

Art Exhibition > United States > New York > NYC


The Art of Illumination

The Limbourg Brothers and

the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Through June 13, 2010


The Belles Heures (1405-1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection, is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts to have survived from the late Middle Ages. Because it is currently unbound, all of the illuminated pages can be exhibited as individual leaves, a unique opportunity never to be repeated. The exhibition at the Met elucidates the manuscript, its artists – the young Franco-Netherlandish Limbourg Brothers – and its patron, Jean de France, duc de Berry. A select group of precious objects from the same early-15th-century courtly milieu places the manuscript in the context of the patronage of Jean de Berry and his royal family, the Valois.

The exhibition is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Michel David-Weill Fund. The related publication is made possible by the Michel David-Weill Fund.


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

March 2–June 13, 2010

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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