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The Burke Collection of Italian Manuscript Paintings

With an Introduction by Christopher De Hamel
The outstanding Burke Collection of Italian miniatures, which is housed in the Special Collections and University Archives of the Stanford Libraries, has been growing for more than twenty years. It includes manuscript leaves, cuttings, and codices by many of the greatest Italian artists of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Works in the collection range in date from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries, comprising more than forty miniatures from thirty-five artists representing thirteen different regions of Italy. They are showcased here through three hundred stunning images, accompanied by an introduction by medieval manuscript expert Christopher de Hamel.

472 pages | 300 color plates | 11 3/4 x 9 1/4

Art: Art--General Studies

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"Magnificently produced. . . .  A concise, readable, and valuable introductory essay by Christopher de Hamel elucidates the formation of collections of miniatures removed from the books in which they were created. Each catalogue entry is accompanied by full, compelling discussion of the page and the book from which it was taken, and the identification of its artist, as determined by comparison to other known works. Major artists such as Sano di Pietro, Pacino di Bonaguida, and Lippo Vanni are included. Many of the paintings have previously been known only through auction catalogues, so this lavishly illustrated book is a required resource for future scholarship, and is a joy to examine. . . . Summing up: Essential."


"A superb team of writers for a superb collection in a magnificent book . . . edited knowledgeably and elegantly . . . splendidly illustrated."

Rivista di Storia della Miniatura

"Anyone who has worked on manuscript illumination will recognize that the Burke collection is an important one….Paul Holberton Publishing deserves to be complimented for having delivered a handsome book."

Manuscript Studies

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