[eBook] Jewel Book of the Duchess Anna of Bavaria, c1552

New Title: Jewel Book of the Duchess Anna of Bavaria
Year: 1552

File Size: 18.1MB, 141 Pages

This unique manuscript was commissioned in 1552 by Duke Albrecht V of
Bavaria, the founder of what is today the Bavarian State Library. The
manuscript is an inventory of the jewelry owned by the duke and his
wife, Duchess Anna, a member of the Habsburg dynasty and a daughter
of Emperor Ferdinand I. The work contains 110 magnificent drawings by
the Munich court painter Hans Mielich. One of the most impressive of
these drawings is the front page miniature showing Albrecht and Anna
playing chess, with Albrecht portrayed as a Knight of the Order of
the Golden Fleece. Because of its outstanding importance as a work of
art, the manuscript was kept in the private ducal and electoral
Chamber of Artifacts for almost three centuries – long after the
originals of the jewelry depicted had been lost. Only in 1843 was the
work presented to the Bavarian State Library by King Ludwig I.

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