The Troyes Memoire: The Making of a Medieval Tapestry [Hardback]

Tina Kane (Author)

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ISBN: 9781843835707 | Published by: Boydell & Brewer Ltd | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 196p, b/w illus, col pls




The Troyes Memoire

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The "Troyes Mémoire", a late fifteenth-century manuscript preserved in the archives of the town of Troyes, France, is the sole surviving example of the written instructions used in designing tapestries during the Middle Ages. It is unique in its presentation of detailed information on how patrons and church officials communicated complex iconographic material to the medieval artists commissioned to paint cartoons for tapestries. It is here translated into English for the first time, with full introduction and extensive notes. The volume also includes a translation of another richly informative document from medieval Troyes: the Account Books of the Church of Sainte-Madeleine, which introduces us to the actual people who worked together, between 1416 and 1430, to produce a set of tapestries for the town's oldest church.

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