A Nederlandish Masterpiece of a French Duke in New York

The Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection (New York), is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts in the world. Because it is currently unbound, it is possible to exhibit all of its illuminated pages as individual leaves, a unique opportunity never to be repeated. The exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts (New York) will elucidate the manuscript, its artists—the Netherlandish Limbourg Brothers—and its patron, Jean de France, Duc de Berry. A select group of precious objects from the same early fifteenth-century courtly milieu will place the manuscript in the context of the patronage of Jean de Berry and his royal family, the Valois.