Coming Soon: Royal Book Collections Exhibition

written by Beth on October 29, 2012 in Content with no comments

New Virtual Exhibition online soon!

We will soon be launching our latest virtual exhibition – a collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, The European Library and Europeana Regia.

The exhibition features books that once belonged exclusively to emperors and kings. It showcases the most significant manuscripts from three collections: Carolingian Emperors, whose dynasty began with the crowning of Charlemagne and laid the foundations for modern day France and Germany; the library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples which includes many royal commissions from various artists of the time, first Catalan and then Italian copyists and illuminators; and the library of French King Charles V and his family, which became a model for royal and aristocratic libraries in the 15th century.

You can zoom right in to have a good look at even the smallest details – it’s almost like having the real thing in your hands!

Below is a little taster of what you can expect from the upcoming exhibition.

Dominican Book of Hours [Hours of Frederick of Aragon], courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Europeana Regia

Anthology of Travel Literature and Texts on the Orient, courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Europeana Regia