The Farnese Hours Price: € 39,90
Graz 2003.Complete reproduction of the Farnese Book of Hours using process-colour printing and block-cut page borders.10.5 x 17 cm, 362 pages.Single volume edition with commentary, linen slipcover. Alongside the facsimile edition of the Farnese Book of Hours (Codices selecti CVI, ADEVA 2001) also comes a popular edition which is again a complete reproduction of the codex however bound together with the commentary in one volume (in contrast to the facsimile edition).
The Farnese Hours is the most significant manuscript of Italian Renaissance and Mannerist art. It was made around 1546 in Rome, world capital of the arts, where such incomparable masters as Raphael and Michelangelo introduced a new artistic epoch. The most famous and eminent illuminator of the period was Croatian born Giulio Clovio who animated the Farnese Hours with his unique miniatures which appear at once monumental and delicate. Clovio created this very intimate prayer book for the famous cardinal Alessandro Farnese, one of the greatest art patrons of the 16th century. 26 full-page miniatures and 37 lavishly decorated text pages make the Farnese Hours one of the finest manuscripts in the history of art.