Paul & Jean de Limbourg

October 19, 2010

The first in the illustrated calander business?

Book of Hours

The Limbourg brothers flattered the Duke of Berry (ca. 1410) with this extensive and elaborate illustrated manuscript.  Among other things, the book includes an illustrated calander in which, month by month, the Duke was shown enjoying the high life in a manner apporopiate for that particular season.  The Limbourgs used only the finest brushes and most expensive paint pigments (hence the deep blue) to further flaunt the Duke’s “endless” wealth.

Imagine a calander in your kitchen in which the months are paired up with original Vincent van Gogh paintings!

by Charles


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