Wednesday 16 February 2022
2:00pm for 2:15pm
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Christopher de Hamel
The Duc de Berry: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
The flamboyant Duc de Berry (1340-1416), brother of the king of France, was the most famous art patron of the late Middle Ages. His great Book of Hours, the Très Riches Heures, is one of the finest of all medieval works of art. The lecture, new to the speaker's repertoire, asks who the Duc was and why and how he was forming his vast collections. It includes visits to his palaces and castles in France, now mostly ruins, and it uses the Duc's medieval inventories to conjure their displays of jewels, goldwork, relics, exotic animals and (above all) breathtaking illuminated manuscripts.
‘Immerse yourself in the medieval world of Christopher de Hamel’ (Sir David Attenborough's advice on life, quoted in The Evening Standard on his 90th birthday). Christopher de Hamel, FSA, is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge. He was a director of Sotheby's for 25 years, responsible for illuminated manuscripts, and then librarian of the Parker Library in Cambridge for 17 years. His very many books on medieval manuscripts include the best-selling Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which won the Wolfson History Prize. He is widely known as a lecturer across six continents.
Tickets at the door. Members: £2.00; Non-members: £5.00.