The twenty volumes in this exhibition span the century 1450 to 1550 and encompass two renaissances. The first is the French Renaissance, the flowering of Gothic art in the late fifteenth century. The second is the reception into France of the Italian Renaissance, characterized by a rebirth of classical art and literature. Each volume is part of a carefully crafted mosaic of significant European books assembled by the Newberry Library’s curatorial staff.
The gallery exhibition was on view at the Newberry from March 23 to May 27, 2011.