Coming to Frieze Masters this October are some new acquisitions, an exciting opportunity for art lovers and bibliophiles alike to enjoy the gems of European book art. Included are several new Books of Hours, exhibiting stunning miniatures and artistic mastery from renowned Medieval artists.
Shown above, the Arenberg Hours features an extensively decorated 24-page calendar and 16 full-page minatures in full borders, mostly filled with naturalistic representations of flowers. This image, the September entry, is a fantastic showcase of the grape-gathering and wine-making process in the Middle Ages. On the left, people working in the fields pop up among vines, creating a humorous picture of the gathering activity: it's clearly a team effort. On the right, barrells are made to store the fermenting wine in a cool, dry area. In the top right corner, a girl holds weighing scales: the sign of the Libra.
The Arenberg Hours, in Latin, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Master of Jannecke Bollengier, Southern Netherlands, Bruges, c. 1500
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