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ART: Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts at The Getty

Date 04.30.2015

The Renaissance courts of northern Italy, among the wealthiest and most sophisticated in Europe, attracted innovative artists who created objects of remarkable beauty. Princes and other nobles offered painters and illuminators favorable contracts and social prestige in return for lavishly decorated panels and books. These works prominently displayed their owners’ scholarly learning, religious devotion, and elite status.

Drawn from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection of manuscripts, this exhibition that runs from March 31 through June 21, celebrates the magnificent illuminations that emerged from this courtly context-an array of visual riches fit for the highest-ranking members of Renaissance society.

Curated by Bryan Keene Accompanying the installation is an online virtual exhibition produced in collaboration with institutions in Ferrara, Mantua, Milan, Venice, and Verona, which allows visitors to view additional illuminated manuscripts by artists in the northern Italian courts and patrons native to the area.

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