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Great Chronicle of France - Illumination

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This illuminated manuscript, likely created sometime between 1375-80, is entitled Grandes Chroniques de France de Charles V  ("The Great Chronicle of France of Charles V"). 

Also known as Manuscript (Ms. français 2813), it tells the story of the achievements of Charles V of France.

Measuring 350 x 240 mm (13.78 x 9.45 inches), the manuscript is currently maintained at the Bibliothèque nationale de France  (BnF) known, in English, as the National Library of France.

The Web Gallery of Art describes this medieval-era work for us:

The Grandes Chroniques de France de Charles V (The Great Chronicle of France of Charles V) was recognized as the standard official history of the French monarchy.

By the late 13th century it had become the custom of the monks of Saint-Denis to record remarkable contemporary events. This habit was then systematically continued by court historians, and ultimately developed into a historical project unique in the whole of Europe.

Like his predecessors, Charles V was strongly concerned to have a lavish, historically updated new copy of the chronicles made, based on the old repertoire of text. This luxurious manuscript actually consists of two volumes illuminated by numerous anonymous artists in very different styles.

The scenes on folio 4r [shown above] depict episodes from the Trojan War and the mythical Trojan origins of the French people. The coat-of-arms held by the angels at the bottom of the page indicated that the codex was executed for Charles V.

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Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Dec 11, 2017


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