Les Enluminures
Sandra Hindmann
1, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Paris, 75001
France
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“HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING…”

“HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING…”

Some of us may enjoy the sound of carol singers, or “wassailers” on our doorsteps but the tradition in-fact stems back to the Middle-Ages. 

Neo-Gothic: Book Production and Medievalism

Neo-Gothic: Book Production and Medievalism

Today viewers are often surprised at how deeply and variously collectors, scholars, and the general public in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries thought about the Middle Ages. Around the year 1750 collectors, artists, historians, and other tastemakers began to turn to the Middle Ages as a period that embodied lost social, spiritual, and cultural ideals.

The Galloway Rings: a Family Collection

The Galloway Rings: a Family Collection

The collection constitutes a rich repository of Stuart and Jacobite pictorial and cultural history which takes the story of the Stuarts from the execution of 1649 to the death of Prince Charles Edward, and the changing of alliance to the Hanoverian monarch, George III.

NEW ACQUISITION

NEW ACQUISITION

Les Enluminures is pleased to present this online exhibition featuring some of our latest acquisitions, to be exhibited in Paris on Thursday 28th May. Included are several exceptionally early biblical manuscripts from the Idda Collection plus a selection of richly illuminated books of hours, illuminated miniatures and fingers rings.

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.

Throughout the world, tokens of love are given by lovers on 14th February, marking the celebration of Saint Valentine. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways, brings together famous lovers from Ancient Mythology and Christianity alongside a selection of finger rings; one of the greatest objects exchanged, then an now, as a symbol of affection.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

As the arrival of a new year brings opportunities for new beginnings, Les Enluminures celebrates fresh starts and innovations in an unusual selection of works.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING AND DEAD

NIGHT OF THE LIVING AND DEAD

October exhibition is inspired by Halloween traditions and iconic symbols. October closes with an eve that brings out the spookier side of ancestor worship when the departed may exact punishments on the living. This tradition stems from northern European pagan rituals and is followed by All Saints Days’ and All Souls’ Day. Together these three feasts form Hallowmas or the Triduum of All Hallows in the Christian calendar.

THE AUTUMN OF THE MIDDLE AGES

THE AUTUMN OF THE MIDDLE AGES

September marks the end of summer with Labor Day in the US and the beginning of the fall term with Michaelmas on the 29th. As we turn to Autumn, this month’s exhibition offers beautiful objects to stave off the melancholy months.

VOYAGES : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

VOYAGES : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

As Parisians flee the city for their favorite seaside or country spots and Americans plan their last summer outings before the school year starts, Les Enluminures celebrates travel this August.

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

GARDENS: AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

GARDENS: AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

The arrival of warmer weather and spring flowers has inspired the June web exhibition on gardens. The image of the garden brings Paradise to mind, but not all representations of gardens in the Middle Ages were idyllic; as anyone who has seen Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights knows. In this month's exhibition, Les Enluminures has assembled a series of depictions of gardens to demonstrate their multiple interpretations.

MOTHERS : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

MOTHERS : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

Motherhood is celebrated throughout the world, be it in a religious or secular nature. Therefore, in honor of Mother's Day, Les Enluminures presents a selection of motherly images ranging from the iconic ideal of motherhood, the Virgin Mary, to the mothering she-wolf who nurtured the mythic founders of Rome, the twins Romulus and Remus.

THE FOOLS

THE FOOLS' MONTH : AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

Remarkably, celebrations of April Fool's day go back at least to the fourteenth century with the trickery of a wicked fox in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale." Fittingly, to celebrate the month of April, Les Enluminures presents a selection of manuscripts, rings and illuminations which represent acts of foolery in the Middle Ages.

50 SHADES OF BLUE

50 SHADES OF BLUE

Les Enluminures presents its next online exhibition "Fifty Shades of Blue:" a medieval parody of the recent erotic bestseller by E.L James, coupled with the use of the highly prized color of blue during the Middle Ages. In this online exhibition, Les Enluminures offers a selection of eight current oeuvres which embody either one of these notions.

WARRIORS: AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

WARRIORS: AN ONLINE EXHIBITION

To complete the month of February, Les Enluminures offers a pendant to our Valentines' exhibition, moving from lovers to warriors

Objects of Love: an online exhibition

Objects of Love: an online exhibition

In honor of Valentine's Day,
Les Enluminures presents an online exhibition: Objects of Love

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