A masterpiece of the French Renaissance
Purchased by the royal patron in 1538, King François I’s Book of Hours is a dazzling masterpiece of the French Renaissance. A splendid mix of precious stones, metalwork and illumination, this unprecedented gem-like prayer book bears witness to this flourishing period. Written entirely by hand, with sixteen full-page painted illustrations, it has a sumptuous gold binding adorned with precious stones that is a gem in its own right.
The extraordinary history of this manuscript saw it pass through the hands of François I, Henri IV and Cardinal Mazarin, before it made its way to England in the early 18th century. Today listed in France as a “National Treasure,” it is a work that is unparalleled in French or foreign public collections and is a unique vestige of the House of Valois’ treasures, which were dispersed over the centuries.
This new Tous mécènes! campaign is the unique opportunity to bring this miraculously preserved jewel back to France. It would regain its rightful place in the museum’s royal collections, inherited by the Louvre.
Become a patron and take part in this project!
This major acquisition already enjoys the exceptional support of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton. To enable this masterpiece to rejoin the national collections, the Louvre is appealing to everyone’s generosity in order to collect €1,000,000 before February 15, 2018. Regardless of the amount of your donation, your support will be crucial.
It is a work that is unparalleled in French or foreign public collections