ROYAL HISTORY – On December 31, the French National Library’s call for donations to acquire the exceptional breviary of King Charles V will end. Of the 1.6 million euros it is hoped for, 250,000 euros are still missing.
Only four weeks left. In 28 days, the call for donations launched last spring by the Bibliothèque nationale de France for the acquisition of a real treasure: the “Breviary for the use of the Sainte-Chapelle” made in Paris in the 1470s for the French king Charles PROTI will end.
A masterpiece of Gothic lighting
Considered by experts to be a masterpiece of Gothic illumination, this venerable work of the late 14th century is decorated with 33 miniatures and the finest secondary decoration. And among the vignettes that illustrate this are several depictions of the monarch himself. Various painted scenes are attributed to illuminators who worked at his court and are known as “Master of the Bible Jean de Sy” and “Master of the Book of the Coronation of Charles V”.
The monarch kept it in his “library”, the first French royal library, which he installed in his Louvre palace. Which was in the 15th century Almost half of the 185 so far identified volumes out of the thousand that it contained between 1380 and 1424 form the historical core of the BnF collections. From this follows the legitimate wish of this public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture that this royal breviary also joins its manuscript department.