The Metropolitan Museum of Art The World In Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540 exhibition catalogue

The World In Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540

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'Heavily illustrated with 197 delightful color illustrations including the entire exhibition, as well as tarot cards, hand-painted and hand-colored cards, engraved cards and delightful detail shots, all make this a visually luxurious volume... a treat for the eyes and a scholarly research tool'Antiques and the Arts

A beautiful illustrated book about hand painted and hand-coloured wood block playing cards from the late Middle Ages

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 and the only one in a generation in any language, this book, which accompanies an exhibition at The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 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-coloured woodblock cards, engraved cards, and tarot packs.

The narrative by Husband discusses the significance of playing cards in the secular art of the period and recounts the varied stories they tell. Colourful, often humorous, sometimes scatological, these cards provide a unique glimpse into the lives, attitudes, and customs of those who played with them or collected them.

  • Author: Timothy B Husband, curator in the Department of Medieval Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Paperback: 176 pages | 197 colour illustrations
  • Date published: February 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396082
  • Product Dimensions:  24.1 x 21.6 cm

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