An illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685

An illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685 provides an opportunity for Australian audiences to view this specific aspect of the Kerry Stokes Collection for the first time.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 28 August 2015 to Sunday 15 November 2015

An illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685 image

Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Thursday 13 August 2015.
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While Mr Stokes has assiduously built his private collection for over forty years, many of the works included in this exhibition, such as the luminous examples of medieval stained glass, the representation of gilt and polychrome medieval sculpture and the Pieter Breughel the Younger painting Calvary (1615), reflect an acquisitions program stimulated by the purchase of the extraordinary Rothschild Prayer Book (c.1505-1510) in early 2014.

The Rothschild Prayer Book is a masterpiece of Flemish Renaissance art. One of the finest illuminated manuscripts in private hands, this jewel-like Book of Hours originated in Ghent in the southern Netherlands, and contains lavish illustrations by recognised hands, including some of the most renowned illuminators of their day.

The Kerry Stokes Collection contains many pieces that date from the time of the Enlightenment, and a number of items that were created from the period that witnessed the inception of the book and the cultural evolution that followed. Along with the Rothschild Prayer Book, An Illumination contains 40 other manuscripts and decorated incunabula (books, pamphlets or other documents that are printed, and not handwritten) and a selection of over 20 paintings and sculptures; encompassing portraits, devotional panels, crafted furniture and stained-glass sequences. As such, the exhibition provides an invaluable context for the development, creation and use of its centerpiece, the Rothschild Prayer Book, while providing a multi-layered experience of the late Medieval and Renaissance period through a selection of significant religious and secular objects and art works.

To accompany the exhibition the University of Melbourne is offering a series of free public lecturers and floor talks that will bring to life many of the extraordinary items on display. For more details go to here.