7 July-3 October. This interesting exhibition celebrates historical, literary and liturgical illuminations and consists of 70 Italian, French, Flemish and Germanic works produced in mediaeval and renaissance times.
In the middle ages illuminations became very fashionable and were used to decorate and supplement the texts of hand-written manuscripts, and were often painted with gold. Although the collection of illuminations at the Louvre is relatively unknown to the public, it comprises some of the genre's greatest masterpieces.
Includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Jean Fouquet, Guillaume Vrelant, Simon Bening and Giulio Clovio.
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Mediaeval and Renaissance Illuminations
Wed-Mon 09.00-18.00. Wed-Fri 09.00-22.00 Dept of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75058 Paris, tel. +33(0)140205824.