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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book of hours, the masterpiece of jean fouquet., February 21, 2006
This review is from: The Hours of Etienne Chevalier (Hardcover)
The book details are amazing, the illuminations are

attached on the pages. The gold details make an effect

fantastic under the light of the sun.

Paris in fifteenth century is represented in realistic

manner. In this book the Braziller publishing has exalted the masterpiece of Jean Fouquet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to a collection, January 27, 2012
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This review is from: The Hours of Etienne Chevalier (Hardcover)
A very nice addition to an art book collection if you can get your hands on a copy, since as of this writing it is out of print.

The book comes in a black cardboard slipcase with a paste-on title on each side. The book itself is finely bound in red cloth with a large gold textura "ec" (i.e. Etienne Chevalier's monogram that appears constantly in the miniatures) on the front. There is a lengthy introduction to the history of the work. The plates themselves are always accompanied by a description on the facing page. The plates are pasted in, as one occasionally sees in older art books, and some of them dangle free on one side, as is again typical. The colors of the reproduction are rather dull (duller than the original I suspect) and slightly blurry on close inspection. The gold ink used is exceptionally shiny compared to similar facsimiles of manuscripts.

Jean Foquet's understanding of aerial perspective (e.g. plate 34) and linear perspective (e.g. plate 25) are most exceptional. Faces are highly realistic and delicately painted (the women's skin appearing gray as is common for French art of this period); drapery is also well executed and rather angular, reminiscent of Durer's style and various other woodcuts from the period. The manuscript has very lovely borders of the the mixed scrolling vine type and also the more realistic acanthus/flower type (close in style to the Hours of Englebert of Nassau), but not one of the borders is reproduced here. No calligraphy is presented other than the Lombardic-Roman captions below many miniatures, though judging from Google search results, the original had a fine textura script with versals.

I have taken off one star because, due to the early date of printing (1971), the coloring of most plates is duller than the original probably is, most are slightly blurry, and because this work has focused solely on reproducing the miniatures to the detriment of borders and lettering. However it is a worthy addition to a collection, especially for those interested in medieval arts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A few points answered (hopefully). This is an excellent reproduction, May 31, 2014
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This review is from: The Hours of Etienne Chevalier (Hardcover)
I only have a few points to make as the other reviewers have covered most of the points

One general point
If you are interested in illuminated manuscripts buy the excellent comprehensive book

Masterpieces of Illumination: The World's Most Famous Manuscripts 400 To 1600

It is inexpensive and full of interesting facts as well as wonderful illustrations
The Hours of Etienne Chevalier are covered on pages 321--323. The author notes

" The manuscript was divided up in the 18th century
The surviving miniatures were trimmed and remounted on paper or wood
The only two existing text pages (folios 112 and 117 ) were discovered in 1981" , ten years after this book was published.(these two sheets are owned by a private collector so one is grateful that Taschen arranged for the reproduction of one of them) One of these two pages is illustrated at the bottom of page 322 of the Taschen volume
There is a number of other points made in the section on this manuscript in the Taschen volume but I will leave you to read them
The above is a bit of a paraphrase of the Taschen edition

This is a very beautiful manuscript and must have been even greater before it was mutilated.
Personally I think the colour reproduction very good. This book was issued in 1970 (over 40 years ago) and it's colour reproduction is excellent for the times
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