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Re-Inventing Traditions

On the Transmission of Artistic Patterns in Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination


Edited By Joris Corin Heyder and Christine Seidel

The volume comprises 16 papers given at the conference Re-Inventing Traditions held in Berlin in 2012. It negotiates the question of the transmission of artistic patterns in late medieval manuscript illumination. The model as such is often regarded as a mere working tool but recently the conditions of its creation and transformation have been discovered as a field of research. Among the central themes of these essays are textual tradition, workshop methods and the development and changeability of artistic models throughout different media and in various European regions.
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De la pierre au parchemin: le livre d’heures de Lodewijk van Boghem et le monastère royal de Brou: Laurence Rivière Ciavaldini


Laurence Rivière Ciavaldini

De la pierre au parchemin: le livre d’heures de Lodewijk van Boghem et le monastère royal de Brou


This paper will examine the artistic inventions in the Hours of Lodewijk van Boghem, architect of the church in Brou (Bourg-en-Bresse), which was errected on behalf of Margaret of Austria between 1506 and 1532 as the burial church of her late husband Philibert II of Savoy. The book was most likely acquired by van Boghem in Lyons but it was later embellished with highly original border designs and compositions that reflect the owner’s life and work in the Church of Brou. The various aspects of this relation between manuscript illumination and monumental decorations will be explored in this contribution.


Le petit livre d’Heures conservé sous la cote 66/35 de la bibliothèque du Grand Séminaire de Bruges est un remarquable manuscrit qui n’avait jamais bénéficié jusqu’à il y a peu d’une étude complète et approfondie.1 Il a appartenu à Lodewijk van Boghem (1470–1540) maître d’œuvre de l’église de Brou, sanctuaire royal édifié par Marguerite ← 303 | 304 → d’Autriche en Bresse savoyarde entre 1506 et 1532. Entrepreneur et architecte brabançon, Lodewijk van Boghem est issu d’une famille de marchands de pierre et de maîtres maçons originaire de Laeken, un village situé au nord de Bruxelles.2 Il reçoit sa formation dans l’entreprise familiale et sa carrière d...

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