Manuscripts from the Naito Collection Ⅱ: Medieval to Renaissance Prayers and Images
[Image: From a Book of Hours: Annunciation Master of Luçon c.1405-10 Colours, gold and ink on parchment The National Museum of Western Art Naito Collection]
This event has ended.
*National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo will reopen on June 18.
This exhibition focuses largely on works produced in Western Europe during the 15th to 16th centuries, namely those made in England, France and the Netherlands (present-day Belgium and the Netherlands). A particularly large number of these works are leaves from the Book of Hours. At certain times of the day lay worshipper would read specific sections of the Book of Hours, consisting of extracts from the Bible and prayers. These books were primarily commissioned by members of the aristocracy or wealthy townspeople, and dazzle the eye with their gorgeous decoration that reflected the tastes of their commissioners. Renaissance art was flowering in Europe during the 15th to 16th centuries and also influencing the production of illuminated manuscripts. The exhibited works reflect those stylistic characteristics with their more naturalistic and real world feel in their figural depictions and expansive spatial expression.
from June 18, 2020 to August 23, 2020