Illustrious Illuminations 輝煌的啟示

Christian Manuscripts from the High Gothic to the High Renaissance (1250–1540) 哥德盛期至文藝復興盛期的基督宗教手稿(一二五零年至一五四零年)

Florian Knothe and Robert McCarthy 羅諾德、羅伯特‧麥卡錫 著. Translated by Andrea Chen and Edward Zhou 陳劍、周政 譯.

ISBN : 978-988-19023-4-4

Film, Media, Fine Arts Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館

December 2015

104 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Color illustrations

  • HK$200.00

Illustrious Illuminations presents a selection of illuminated Christian Manuscripts from the McCarthy Collection. Ranging in date from the High Gothic to the High Renaissance (1250–1540), the miniature paintings give evidence of the talent and culture connected to the art of book illustration. Many of the vibrant hand-copied volumes contain some of the finest illustrations ever produced across Europe, well before Johannes Gutenberg introduced the printing press around 1454. These particular illustrations were chosen from Bibles, books of hours and psalters in order to exemplify a shift in style, from Gothic to Renaissance lines, which likewise was apparent in the architecture and paintings produced under the auspices of the Church. The often harder, more contrasting, lines of the Gothic give way to the Renaissance’s altogether natural contours, as well as to softer and increasingly personal facial features.