Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0929-8592
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1689



The Royal Library of Belgium () has opened a new permanent museum showcasing the historical core of its collections: the luxurious manuscript library of the dukes of Burgundy. Centred around a late medieval chapel that is part of ’s present-day building, the museum introduces visitors to medieval book production, the historical context of the late medieval Low Countries, and the subject matter of the ducal library. The breadth of the dukes’ (and their wives’!) interests is reflected in the manuscripts that have come down to us, ranging from liturgical books over philosophical treatises to courtly literature. The Museum places late medieval book production squarely in its historical and artistic context. Visitors are not only introduced to the urban culture that provided a fruitful meeting place between artists, craftsmen, and patrons, but also to the broader artistic culture of the late Middle Ages. By presenting the manuscripts in dialogue with other forms of art such as panel paintings and sculpture, the exhibition stresses that artists at times moved between various media (e.g. illumination and painting) and were influenced by iconography in other forms of art.


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  1. Bousmanne, Bernard & ThierryDelcourt (red.), Vlaamse miniaturen. 1404-1482. Brussel: kbr / Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2011.
  2. Bousmanne, Bernard & ElenaSavini (red.), The Library of the Dukes of Burgundy. London/Turnhout: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2020.
  3. La Librairie des ducs de Bourgogne. Manuscrits conservés à la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique. Turnhout: Brepols, 2000-.

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