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Haute Lecture by Colard Mansion

Groeningemuseum, Bruges

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Innovating Text and Image in Medieval Bruges

The central figure in the exhibition is Colard Mansion, a mysterious figure who first appears in local documents in 1457 and disappears again after 1484. During his years in Bruges he was responsible for producing an outstanding corpus of work – books, manuscripts and prints. Mansion’s name calls to mind the luxurious parchments and beautiful incunabula of Bruges in the late Middle Ages; a world characterised by both tradition and innovation. Mansion’s oeuvre was firmly rooted in the existing craftsmanship of the book-making industry for which medieval Bruges was famed, a cosmopolitan industry with a strong international anchoring. Mansion was closely involved with these developments, being an excellent copywriter and translator, as well as a book entrepreneur in the widest sense of the word. Find out more about the ‘Haute Lecture’ exhibition from the Groeningemuseum’s website.

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Detail of Diana hunting in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Courtesy of the Royal Bible Library

Detail of Diana hunting in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Courtesy of the Royal Bible Library

Valerius Maximus's, Faits et dits mémorables manuscript ordered by Abbot Jan Crabbe. © Lukas - Art in Flanders, Photo: Dominique Provost

Valerius Maximus’s, Faits et dits mémorables manuscript ordered by Abbot Jan Crabbe. © Lukas – Art in Flanders, Photo: Dominique Provost

Illuminated illustration from the Book of Hours of Charlotte of Bourbon-Montpensier. Courtesy of Alnwick Castle

Illuminated illustration from the Book of Hours of Charlotte of Bourbon-Montpensier. Courtesy of Alnwick Castle

Maynus de Mayneriis's Dialogue des créatures, translated by Colard Mansion. Courtesy of Groeningemuseum, Bruges

Maynus de Mayneriis’s Dialogue des créatures, translated by Colard Mansion. Courtesy of Groeningemuseum, Bruges

Master of the Boccaccio illustrations, The fight between Fortuna and Armoede. Musée du Louvre, Paris

Master of the Boccaccio illustrations, The fight between Fortuna and Armoede. Musée du Louvre, Paris

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