The World In Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540 - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The World In Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540

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'On a very small canvas, the card artists worked visual wonders. The herons of the Courtly Hunt Cards step gracefully in a wetland landscape worthy of Audubon, with distant vistas and shimmering pools. The woodcut playing cards by Hans Schäufelein, a Nuremberger who worked in Dürer’s workshop, evoke, with bold lines and jumbo-size suit symbols, a Chaucerian world of rustics, clerics and merchants. A fairy-tale atmosphere suffuses the four of bells, a sly fox striding a country lane, using two walking sticks, a sack filled with cockerels thrown over his shoulder' - The New York TImes

The World in Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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, 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. 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.

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