Famous book of hours
created by the Limburg Brothers
- Paul, Hermann and Jean - for the duke Jean de Berry
The book was painted between 1412
and contains prayers and illumination
life in and around the duke's castle. Since the duke, patron
of the artists, died in 1416, the remaining work on the book was cancelled, later to be completed by Jean Colombe
The Très Riches Heures is by many considered the apex
of medieval art, equal in historical and cultural importance to Mona Lisa
, and a work of remarkable craftmanship
. Painting the fine details probably required use of lenses and raw materials of very high quality, such as ground lapis lazuli
for the blue colours.
The original is stored in the Chantilly
Museum, but is in very bad condition and is not available to the public.