The Ministry of Art

The Ministry of Art

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...Berry, Madame de Maintenon, and Countess de Verrue, who delighted in the beautiful, and, to their credit, gave encouragement to the growth of taste and culture, while they surrounded themselves with the productions of master minds in art and letters. With Pade-loup and Derome there came a revival of the elaborate and more ornamental style of tooling. These artists distinguished themselves for their dcntclle, or lace-like borders. An open, untooled space was left in the center of the covers, while the borders were very delicately and beautifully tooled in a great variety of designs. In the midst of the filigree-work will often appear flowers, birds, and even conventional forms of the harp. These artists, and Pade-loup in particular, also excelled in mosaic binding, ornamenting the boards in many colored leathers with great skill and taste. Pade-loup and Derome both worked for Louis XV and Marie Leczinska, and for the Mesdames de France, Adelaide Victorie and Sophia. Again it is found that the women of taste are quue as enthusiastic in their support of this elegant art of bookbinding as are the scholarly and refined among the sterner sex. If it can not be said that Louis XVI had the aesthetic instincts of such monarchs as Francis I, Henry III, Henry IV, and Louis XIII, his queen, the beautiful but unfortunate Marie Antoinette, was devoted to the arts with an intelligence and taste which should place her name among such book-collectors of her sex as Pompadour, Maintenon, Verrue, Leczinska, Marguerite de Valois, and Catherine de Medici. Books from her library, bound quite plainly with her arms in the center of the covers, are held in high esteem, and have a value, derived from association, far above bindings of more fanciful designs and extravagant...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 2.29mm | 99.79g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662733
  • 9781236662736