Les Enluminures
Sandra Hindmann
1, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Paris, 75001
France
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Gothic Coffers Traveling Revisited

For the launch of the Les Enluminures exhibition “Gothic Traveling Coffers Revisited” Sandra Hindman discusses these rare medieval coffers and their remarkable French prints. The emergence of a Northern Renaissance painting, featuring a Gothic traveling coffer, encourages us to revisit the question of the purpose of these travelling boxes – symbols of “the house and the garden of the Virgin.”

THE IDDA COLLECTION: ROMANESQUE BIBLICAL MANUSCRIPTS c. 1000 TO 1240

Dr. Sandra Hindman and Dr. Christopher de Hamel introduce the extraordinary collection of manuscripts in our Spring 2015 exhibition “The Idda Collection: Romanesque Biblical Manuscripts c. 1000 to 1240,” telling us all about how they were used, where they were made, who wrote them and their importance today.

THE LIESBORN GOSPELS AT TEFAF 2015

Dr. Sandra Hindman presents the famous tenth-century Liesborn Gospel Book, an Ottonian Gospel Book presented by an abbess to her convent of nuns. The last time that this manuscript appeared in a bookseller’s catalogue was described in capital letters as “ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE GOSPELS IN PRIVATE HANDS.” If that was valid seventy years ago, it is even truer now.

BUILDING UP TEFAF 2015: THE LIESBORN GOSPELS

Les Enluminures is putting the Liesborn Gospels in place during the TEFAF set-up. This extraordinary manuscript, with a 15th-century “treasure” binding, is, as far as we know, the only Ottonian Gospel Book still in private hands, and it has an impeccable and more-or-less unbroken line of provenance.

Cycles of Life: Highlights from the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection

Sandra Hindman introduces the upcoming rings exhibition “Cycles of Life” along with some of its extraordinary rings.

The De Clerq Roman Diamond: “The Story of the Diamond Starts Here”

Keegan Goepfert discusses the history and significance behind one of the highlights of the Cycles of Life exhibition: The De Clerq Roman Diamond Ring and how its beauty was inspired by some of the greatest classical sculpture of the period.

Cycles of Life: Sandra Hindman Interviews Benjamin Zucker

Benjamin Zucker, the great novelist and gem specialist, reveals to Sandra Hindman what it is that fascinates him about rings and gemstones, how they represent “portals of discovery” and how they have served as inspiration to write books and novels.

The Singer and the Scholar

On the occasion of "The Singer and the Scholar" concert held at Les Enluminures, New York on 6th Feb 2014, Anne Azéma (Director of the Boston Camerata) sings from a selection of medieval manuscripts on display in the "Sacred Song" exhibition (January 24th- February 21st 2014)

TREASURES OF A LOST ART

Sandra Hindman (Owner of Les Enluminures) and Keegan Goepfert (Gallery Director & Associate) converse about the fascination, from the Middle Ages to today, with medieval miniatures, and how, remarkably, these miniatures survive and can be acquired today as "treasures of a lost art."

How to Buy a Book of Hours

Sandra Hindman and Keegan Goepfert confront a range of questions which one should consider when buying a Book of Hours; discussing how the artist, the number of illuminations, its provenance, the binding and its rarity, can all determine the value of these medieval prayer books.

AN INTIMATE ART: 12 BOOKS OF HOURS FOR 2012

Dr. Sandra Hindman introduces the exhibition "An Intimate Art". The exhibition presents twelve Books of Hours to celebrate the opening of the new gallery in New York.

Paths to Reform: Highlights

Dr Sandra Hindman discusses highlights from the exhibition, "Paths to Reform: Things New and Old," including texts associated with the "Devotio Moderna", a rare near-miniature New Testament in its original red leather binding, and an illuminated page of Luther and the swan.

Gold pectoral cross

Sandra Hindman presents the star of the "Byzantium and the West" exhibition, a gold pectoral cross on chain. Only three crosses with finely embossed figural decoration of very similar manufacture and probably from the same workshop are known.

Exhibition: Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium

Small and precious, rings and other jewels travelled easily as personal belongings and as gifts, and testify exchanges between different cultures, here Byzantium and the West. Sandra Hindman guides us trough the exhibition and presents a selection of objects made of precious metals such as rings, pendants and earrings.

Medieval Miniatures

Developing from John Ruskin's comment on the appeal of illuminated medieval manuscripts as "interesting as art," Dr Sandra Hindman presents an overview of manuscript illumination by great painters such as Simon Bening and the Master B.F., and how the often perfect condition of these surviving medieval miniatures allows them to be just as greatly admired today.

Jan van Pascha, Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

Sandra Hindman presents a wonderful manuscript by Jan van Pascha. Made for a nun in east Flanders, the present manuscript includes a series of rare hand-colored prints.

Renaissance Rings and Gloves

Renaissance rings functioned not only as self-adornment but also as status symbols. Aristocrats were faced with the dilemma of how to wear both rings and gloves: one solution was to slash the gloves fingers so the rings could show through.

An Overview of Les Enluminures' Text Manuscripts Website

Dr. Sandra Hindman presents the website textmanuscripts.com, which highlights a selection of text manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance offered for sale by Les Enluminures. Each manuscript has an interesting or unusual text and many are illuminated.

The Signed Hours - A Book of Hours Illuminated by Jean de Tours

Dr. Sandra Hindman presents the website textmanuscripts.com, which highlights a selection of text manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance offered for sale by Les Enluminures. Each manuscript has an interesting or unusual text and many are illuminated.

Dressing Up and Dressing Down in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

As part of its series of 20th year anniversary celebrations, the gallery Les Enluminures plans an exhibition on fashion in its Paris space in the Louvre des Antiquaires. Approximately 35 works of art are featured in "Dressing Up and Dressing Down in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Costume in Art,".

Iconographic Ring

Dr. Sandra Hindman presents Medieval Iconographic Ring from England, 15th century

STIRRUP RING

One of two main types of Gothic rings, as quintessential to the Gothic era as the Cathedral, is the so-called stirrup ring. The term was invented in the 19th century to call attention to the form which resembles a horse's stirrup.

DIAMOND RING

Dr. Hindman presents a Renaissance Diamond Ring - gold and diamond. This beautiful and substantial Renaissance diamond ring bears much of its original enamel in red, green, and blue.

SIMON VOSTRE - PRINTED BOOK OF HOURS

Dr. Sandra Hindman presents a Book of Hours printed in Paris in 1498, for the prolific publisher Simon Vostre.

Stone and Photography: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO MEDIEVALISM

A small group of 12th to 15th century architectural elements, capitals, bosses, columns, and corbels is juxtaposed with a group of 19th century photographs from the so-called Mission Heliographique.

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