Famous Manuscripts: The fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination From The Book of Kells to Boccaccios Decameron and from the Vienna Genesis to Dantes Divine Comedy to open Codices illustres is to open the door into a precious private world. Now in a new format this radiant book brings you facetoface with 167 of the most exquisite and important manuscripts of the medieval age. Presented in brilliant large-format reproductions these paradigms of miniature painting and illumination from the 4th century to 1600 were once the property of some of the greatest power players in history. Now art-historical treasures they are worth many millions and typically tucked away in private collections or closely-guarded archivesuntil now. Although the focus of this collection is on European manuscripts examples from Mexican Persian and Indian tradition illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination in non-European cultures. An informative synopsis for each manuscript orients the reader at a glance while a 36page appendix contains biographies of the artists as well as an extensive bibliography an index and a glossary for technical terms. Ingo F. Walther (19402007) was born in Berlin and studied medieval studies literature and art history in Frankfurt am Main and Munich. He published numerous books on the art of the Middle Ages and of the 19th and 20th centuries. Walthers many titles for TASCHEN include Vincent Van Gogh Picasso Art of the 20th Century and Codices Illustres (2001). Norbert Wolf graduated in art history linguistics and medieval studies at the universities of Regensburg and Munich and earned his PhD in 1983. He held visiting professorships in Marburg Frankfurt Leipzig Dsseldorf Nuremberg-Erlangen and Innsbruck. His extensive writings on art history include many TASCHEN titles such as Diego Velzquez Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Caspar David Friedrich Expressionism Romanesque Landscape Painting and Symbolism.