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Limbourg brothers

(lăNbo͞or`), fl. 1380–1416, family of Franco-Flemish manuscript illuminators. The Limbourg brothers, Pol, Jan, and Herman, were trained as goldsmiths. They succeeded Jacquemart de HesdinHesdin, Jacquemart de
, fl. c.1384–1411, Franco-Flemish manuscript illuminator. Jacquemart illustrated numerous books of hours, including a number of manuscripts for Jean, duc de Berry.
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 in 1411 as court painters to Jean, duc de Berry. Their masterpiece is the magnificent book of hoursbook of hours,
form of prayer book developed in the 14th cent. from the prayers of clerics appended to the main service. The subjects of the miniature illustrations (see miniature painting) were frequently derived from the appendix of the Psalter.
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 known as the Très Riches Heures (c.1415; Musée Condé, Chantilly). This is filled with exquisite illustrations of the daily life of the aristocracy and peasantry, including a series of calendar illuminationsillumination,
in art, decoration of manuscripts and books with colored, gilded pictures, often referred to as miniatures (see miniature painting); historiated and decorated initials; and ornamental border designs.
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 that are considered the finest extant examples of the International Gothic style (see Gothic architecture and artGothic architecture and art,
structures (largely cathedrals and churches) and works of art first created in France in the 12th cent. that spread throughout Western Europe through the 15th cent., and in some locations into the 16th cent.
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). The Limbourgs' influence upon Flemish painting, especially in landscape and genregenre
, in art-history terminology, a type of painting dealing with unidealized scenes and subjects of everyday life. Although practiced in ancient art, as shown by Pompeiian frescoes, and in the Middle Ages, genre was not recognized as worthy and independent subject matter
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 subjects, was profound and extensive.


See T. B. Husband, The Art of Illumination (museum catalog, 2009).

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1365--1415), only the third known work of this artist, the uncle of the Flemish Limbourg brothers. The Louvre's head of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century paintings stated that "We have seen only three or four paintings of this kind in a century.
(1) Eugene Rice, Saint Jerome in the Renaissance (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988), figure 10; an illustration of this legend from the Limbourg brothers' fifteenth century manuscript, The Belles Heures, is available as a high-resolution image at:
3), and beside miniatures by the Limbourg brothers, offers the chance to see them both as individual masterpieces and, in some sense, as contributions to a single overall design.
Among the small masterpieces is what the museum labels 'one of the most sumptuous manuscripts to have come down to us from the Middle Ages,' the 'Belles Heures' ('Beautiful Hours') or private devotional book of Jean de France, Duke of Berry, created by the famed Limbourg Brothers in Paris between 1405 and 1409.
This is demonstrated in a beautifully phrased passage in Hostetter Smith's essay, describing the multisensory experience of entering a gothic cathedral; and in Matthew Sweet Vanderpoel's 'Heaven Come to Earth', concerning the patterning of social power relations onto concepts of the divine in the Limbourg Brothers' January.
Indeed, the duke of Berry chooses the most talented illuminators: Jacquemard de Hesdin decorates Les Grandes Heures at the beginning of the 15th century; the Limbourg brothers worked on Les Tres Riches Heures in 1410.
The Limbourg brothers; reflections on the origins and the legacy of three illuminators from Nijmegen.
The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
In a lavish Book of Hours by the Limbourg Brothers known as Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (ca.
Many of these were decorated by the best artists of the day, the most famous example being the Tres Riches Heures, which was exquisitely illuminated by the Limbourg brothers for its owner Jean, Duc de Berry, in the early fifteenth century.
(3) The Tres Riches Heures, one of the most famous examples of these manuscripts, was created by the three Limbourg brothers (Paul, Herman, and Jean) for their wealthy and cultured patron, Jean, Duke of Berry, brother to King Charles V of France (Longnon 15, 19).