The World in Play - Luxury Cards, 1430-1540
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The World in Play - Luxury Cards, 1430-1540

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With their images of princely hunts, opulent costumes, and a cast of characters ranging from royals to commoners, each of the playing cards in this engaging volume is a unique work of art that reflects a period of tumultuous social, artistic, economic, and religious change. The only study of its kind in English, this book features the most important luxury decks of hand-painted European playing cards to have survived from the late Middle Ages, plus a selection of exceptional hand-colored woodblock cards, engraved cards, and tarot packs. Each of these cards has a fascinating story to tell; collectively, they conjure up the courtly culture and customs of the day, and chart the transition from late medieval to early modern Europe.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 218 x 241 x 12mm | 594g
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 197 color illus.
  • 1588396088
  • 9781588396082
  • 946,338

About Timothy B. Husband

Timothy B. Husband is curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.show more

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