PRINT AND CHANGING TASTE ON THE THRESHOLD OF MODERN FRANCE
Printed Book of Hours (use of Rome)
In Latin and French, printed on paper
Paris, Thielmann Kerver, 1556 (almanac for 1556-1563)
18 large woodcuts and 1 small woodcut
Printing made it easy to duplicate images and pass them down to successive generations. This attractive Horae, printed more than a century after Gutenberg, offers a fascinating glimpse of commerce in the print industry and the evolution of artistic taste. Thielman Kerver the Younger inherited his famous father’s material. He also bought the designs (or woodblocks) from the printer Geoffroy Tory, favored by the royal court. This edition combines old-style Paris taste of the elder Kerver with Tory’s innovative Italo-Flemish designs, influenced by major French Renaissance painter-illuminators such as Noël Bellemare and Godefroy le Batave.