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Staging the Court of Burgundy

T.-H. Borchert, W. Blockmans, N. Gabriëls, J. Oosterman, A. Van Oosterwijk (eds.)
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IV+396 p., 200 b/w ill. + 50 colour ill., 220 x 280 mm, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-905375-82-0
Languages: English
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This volume presents a study of the Burgundian court during the 15th century, and provides a forum for new research in various fields.

In the course of the fifteenth century, the reputation of the Burgundian court rose to an unprecedented level, catapulted forward by ever growing territorial ambitions and accumulation of wealth. This reached a climax during the reign of Charles the Bold (1433-1477), the living embodiment of the pomp and pageantry of the Burgundian court and a generous patron of the fine arts. Rather than focusing on a single domain, this volume aims to shed light on Burgundian court culture as an organic whole, between the start of the reign of Philip the Good (1419) and the death of Mary of Burgundy (1482). It is intended to provide a forum for new research from the fields of History, History of Art, Literature and Musicology.

With contributions (among others) from Wim Blockmans, Herman Brinkman, Barbara Haggh, Andrea Berlin, James Bloom, Till-Holger Borchert, Andrew Brown, Hendrik Callewier, Anna Campbell, Mario Damen, Sonja Duennebeil, Jonas Goossenaerts, Bieke Hillewaert, Andrew Hamilton, Eva Helfenstein, Jesse Hurlbut, Sophie Jolivet, Sascha Köhl, Sherry Lindquist, Jana Lucas, Samuel Mareel, Elizabeth J. Moodey, Klaus Oschema, Kathryn Rudy, Emily Snow, Olga Vassilieva-Codognet, Hanno Wijsman.

Review

"This interesting volume highlights the breadth and depth of current research into the Burgundian court, offering an encouraging mix of work by early career and long-established scholars, and representing a wide range of disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary inquiry. (...) the volume will be read with profit by students and researchers alike, and is a worthwhile acquisition for historians, art historians and university libraries." 'Graeme Small, in: Journal of the Northern Renaissance, May 2015, online: http://www.northernrenaissance.org/w-blockmans-t-h-borchert-n-gabriels-j-oosterman-and-a-van-oosterwijk-eds-staging-the-court-of-burgundy-brepols-2013/)

"This begins to give some idea of the range of cultural products that are analyzed here, and only scratches the surface of the wealth of information awaiting the reader of these proceedings.(...) That said, these essays present a great number of excellent thoughts about cultural products and their display and reception in the era of the last Burgundian dukes. The volume offers a wide range of material that will prove invaluable to scholars of the fifteenth-century Low Countries, and stands as a worthy companion to the catalogue for the exhibition that inspired it." (Mark Trowbridge on the website "Historians of Netherlandish Art": http://www.hnanews.org/hna/bookreview/current/15_Staging_the_Court_of_Burgundy0116.html)

“(Un) bel ouvrage” (A. Dubois, dans le Bulletin Codicologique Scriptorium, 2, 2015)

“(…) the last five essays in Staging the Court of Burgundy are thoughtful and thought-provoking contributions to the study of the illuminated manuscript in the Burgundian Netherlands. They and the twenty-nine other essays in that volume comprise a valuable and enduring complement to the generous catalog that accompanied the 2009 exhibition itself.” (Gregory T. Clark, in Manuscripta, 60/1, 2016, p. 107)

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Renaissance art history
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)

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