Coming Soon: Royal Book Collections Exhibition
New Virtual Exhibition online soon!
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