The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Sunday, March 7, 2021


Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books to exhibit museum-quality treasures at Frieze Masters 2015
A highlight is an unpublished compendium made for Juan II, King of Castile and Leon, circa 1425. Discovered in a private collection and fresh to the market, it is a unique example of medieval political literature.



LONDON.- Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will join the impressive roster of international exhibitors at this year’s Frieze Masters, which will take place from 14th-18th October 2015 in Regent’s Park, London.

Positioned alongside its contemporary counterpart, Frieze Masters offers a modern lens on historical art. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will accentuate this juxtaposition of old and new and present an assortment of museum-quality treasures that demonstrate the intellectual engagement and artistic creativity of humankind. Manuscripts, miniatures and rare early printed books from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance will be showcased within a modern context and stand design, and set amongst a backdrop of glass and crystal.

Dr Jörn Günther comments, ‘Our debut participation at Frieze Masters holds great promise. The esteemed fair is undoubtedly the perfect environment in which to reinvent our exhibition methods to encourage discourse and engage with a wider audience of collectors, curators and connoisseurs that flock to London during Frieze Week.’

A prominent highlight is a fragment of the first substantial printed book of the Western World: the famed Gutenberg Bible, dated 1452-54. Named after the inventor of the printed press, Johann Gutenberg, it is arguably the most famous masterpiece of printing and its influence is pervasive.

The fragment comprises the complete Book of Joshua and the beginning of Judges from the first edition Latin Vulgate. It is believed that Gutenberg printed only 185 complete copies in total and today even single leaves appear rarely on the market. This Book of Joshua offered by Dr Jörn Günther is the largest Gutenberg Bible fragment currently known in private hands or on the market.

Also on offer is a French translation of Les Décades by Titus Livius, known as Livy, the greatest historian of Roman Antiquity. Written between 27 and 25 BC and comprising 142 books split into ‘decades’, much of Livy’s original text was lost; only decades I and III-IV were known to exist by the Middle Ages. During the 14th century King Jean le Bon commissioned a translation of Livy’s remaining works from Pierre Bersuire. This present manuscript is a copy of the translation, transcribed by Jennin de Rouen in 1440 for Jean III de Vy, whose portrait and coat of arms can be seen on the final page.

This remarkable manuscript contains 87 large miniatures by Henri d’Orquevaulx, a prominent figure of late medieval illumination. Scores of jousts, knights, castles, pageantry, banquets, maidens, and voyages capture the essence of the Middle Ages in opulent colour. It is one of the most profusely illustrated of all known copies of Livy’s Les Décades, superseding the very grandest of royal copies which typically contain only 30 miniatures.

Another highlight is an unpublished compendium made for Juan II, King of Castile and Leon, circa 1425. Discovered in a private collection and fresh to the market, it is a unique example of medieval political literature.

The inclusion of the royal coat of arms and its small size suggests personal use, a notion complemented by the didactic nature of the text in which the unknown author directly addresses Juan II, instructing him on the ideal government of a king. Magnificent miniatures further define and perpetuate the traditional qualities of royal identity.










Today's News

October 4, 2015

Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich presents Joan Miró's large-scale mural works

Museum Marmottan Monet presents masterpiece from the Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser Collection

Exhibition on view at Reynolda House Museum of American Art named among best exhibitions worldwide

"V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life" opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

One of the finest 16th-century illustrated Persian manuscripts in the US featured in exhibition

San Jose Museum of Art presents an exhibition of highlights from the gift of Dixon and Barbara Farley

Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books to exhibit museum-quality treasures at Frieze Masters 2015

Exhibition offers a panorama of Florentine portraiture in the 16th century

Mystery Greek tomb was dedicated to companion of Alexander the Great: Experts

Auction house Bonhams launches tv ad campaign; First auctioneer to take television advertising

Blanton Museum announces groundbreaking for Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin", organizes symposium

Exhibition of 45 color-photographs by Elliott Erwitt opens at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

"In Pursuit of Antiquity: Drawings by the Giants of British Neo-Classicism" opens at Tchoban Foundation

Tracey Emin works released exclusively at The Other Art Fair

Designer jewelry and luxury accessory event brings $4.5 million at Heritage Auctions

For the first time, Museum Folkwang displays works by self-taught, non-academic artists

Dutch sandcastle hotel turns childhood fantasy into reality

Exhibition of works by Shanta Rao and Jo-ey Tang on view at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Peripheral Visions: Solo exhibition of works by Olga Chernysheva on view at GRAD, London

Exhibition displays rare artifacts from three centuries of fashion history for the first time

Superstitions: Solo show of Bogdan Rata's work on view at Nasui Collection & Gallery

"2050: A Brief History of the Future" on view at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

How much for that Nobel prize in the window?

Toward Freedom: The California African American Museum opens new exhibition




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful