The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures - Behind the Scenes with the Director

The Belles Heures (1405 - 1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection, is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts in this country. When it was unbound for conservation, each of its illuminated pages were exhibited as individual leaves—a unique opportunity never to be repeated. The exhibition, The Art of Illumination, elucidated the manuscript, its artists (the young Franco-Netherlandish Limbourg brothers), and its patron, Jean de France, Duc de Berry, and set the manuscript in the context of the patronage of Jean de Berry and his royal family, the Valois.

Director Thomas Campbell speaks with curator Timothy Husband about this incredible and historic exhibition The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Even as a book of hours, the Belles Heures is uniquely rich and exquisitely illustrated, and it includes illumination and painting that go far beyond the stated purpose of such a prayer book. Husband and the Director walk us through this masterful manuscript, delving into the intriguing stories told in its masterful illuminations.

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Produced and Directed by Christopher Noey

Camera: Wayne de la Roche, Jessica Glass | Editor: Kate Farrell | Sound Recording: David Raymond | Production Assistants: Stephanie Wuertz, Robyn Schwalb

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