So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Little book, Loads of Beauty | The Prayer Book of Claude de France

A.R.T.  |  Adoration, Redemption, Truth

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object
like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.—Paul Cezanne

The knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is
to things made by his art.—St. Thomas Aquinas

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience
if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.—G.K. Chesterton

The Morgan Library and Museum
The Prayer Book of Claude de France

Prayer Book of Claude de France
Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum
The Prayer Book of Claude de France
Virtual Tour

(To turn the pages of the Book at the site, click on the Next button at the top left corner of the Prayer Book)

An excerpt from the description from the Morgan Library and Museum:
The Prayer Book of Claude de France is a tiny, jewel-like manuscript that was made for Claude (1499–1524) around 1517, the year she was crowned queen of France. Her coat of arms appears on three different folios. The book is richly illustrated: the borders of each leaf are painted, front and back, with 132 scenes from the lives of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and numerous saints. The manuscript and a companion Book of Hours also made for the queen (in a Paris private collection) were illuminated by an artist who was given the nickname Master of Claude de France after these two volumes. Active in the French city of Tours during the first quarter of the sixteenth century, the artist worked in a style that can be characterized as the pinnacle of elegance. The colors of his delicate palette are applied in tiny, seemingly invisible brushstrokes. Only about a dozen manuscripts painted by the artist survive.

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