Sunday, June 4, 2017

Garden of Love and Earthly Delights - Illuminated Manuscripts

3rd Day, 10th Tale, from Boccaccio's Decameron, trans. Laurent de Premierfait. 15th C French MS with Flemish illuminations

1475-99 Spring flowers  The Labours of the Months Book of Hours France, Harvard University, Houghton Library MS Lat 250


1480 The Nymph Salmacis And Hermaphroditus portrayed bathing in a garden. Les Métamorphoses


Book of Hours by Jean Poyer, known as The Hours of Henry VIII, illuminated about 1500


Venus, sitting on a rainbow, with her devotees who offer their hearts to her, Epitre d'Othea, by Christine of Pizan -- Cod. Bodmer 49, 20v c 1460s


Calendar in the Hours of Charles d'Angoulême (Use of Paris), c. 1475-1500. BnF MS Latin 1173, fol. 2v. Bibliothèque nationale, Paris


Egerton 1069   f. 6   Oyseuse and the Lover Oyseuse admitting the Lover through the gates into the Garden of Pleasures. Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, Roman de la Rose France, Central (Paris) c. 1400 
Huth Hours, Netherlands (Bruges or Ghent), c. 1480, Add MS 38126, f. 4v


Egerton 1069   f. 6   Oyseuse and the Lover in walled garden where 3 birds sing to them Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, Roman de la Rose France, Central (Paris) c. 1400


 Roman de la Rose. Netherlands, S. (Bruges). c. 1490-c. 1500


Renaud de Montauban, 1462-1470 By Lady Lyonnete Vibert (Marie Vibbert)


 BL Harley MS 4431 fol. 376 The Book of the Queen (various works of Christine de Pizan), c. 1410-14 (Paris)


Piero de' Crescenzi (1233-1321) Liber ruralium commodorum 1304-09.  illumination from 1400s Lovers in the Garden with espalier'd trees along the wall, turf bench exedra. Fruit trees, roses and bluebells, columbines, lilies


 C. 1520 France New York, Morgan Library Museum M. 948 Roman de la Rose 38r


 Codex Manesse, Herr Conrad von Altstetten, f.249v, c1340


1520 France New York, Morgan Library Museum M. 948 Roman de la Rose 38r


March, from the Golf Book (Book of Hours, Use of Rome), workshop of Simon Bening (1483-1561)  Netherlands (Bruges), c. 1540, Additional MS 24098, f. 20v British Library. This is reportedly a courting scene in a garden, but it seems way too busy for any serious courting.