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France 1500 The Pictorial Arts at the Dawn of the Renaissance
July 22, 2010  | 
FRANCE 1500: the Pictorial Arts at the Dawn of the Renaissance is an important show being presented in Paris, New York and Chicago by LES ENLUMINURES gallery and its founder Sandra Hindman, the leading expert and author of many books on medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination. It is designed to complement a major international exhibition, "Entre Moyen Age et Renaissance France 1500" organized by Reunion des musees nationaux (Paris) and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Les Enluminures exhibition brings together 45 diverse works that include manuscripts, Books of Hours, single leaves and cuttings, coffrets with early xylographs and stained glass. Among the artists are Jean Bourdichon, the Master of the Tres Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne, Jean Fouquet, Noel Bellemare, Guillaume Barbe, and many others. Sandra Hindman says that the themes of the exhibition "French Humanism, the Dominance of Paris, the Influence of Italy and the North" encourage a re-appreciation of the flourishing of the arts at the dawn of the Renaissance.

While the Museum exhibition takes place in Paris at the Grand Palais Oct 6-Jan 10, Sandra Hindman has coordinated the three LES ENLUMINURES gallery shows on the subject to begin at Les Enluminures gallery in Paris Sept 9 – Nov 28; go on to New York from Jan 19 – Feb 5 and then move on to Chicago from April 21-23 when the Art Institute of Chicago will present the museum show from Feb 26 - May 30.

Dr. Hindman opened Les Enluminures at the Louvre des Antiquaires in Paris nearly two decades ago. She holds a Ph.D in Art History from Cornell University and is Professor Emerita of Art History at Northwestern University where she taught for 18 years and twice served as Chair of the Department of Art History. She also taught for 11 years at John Hopkins University.

The primary focus of Sandra Hindman and Les Enluminures is on illuminated manuscripts and miniatures, but the gallery also presents works of art, such as sculpture, small-scale metalwork and ivories, as well as finger rings. Dr. Hindman consults with a number of experts and authors the annual catalogues Les Enluminures issues.

Sandra Hindman has provided important assistance to museums and private collectors who know the gallery's reputation and have seen its exhibitions at some of the finest art and antiques shows including the Winter Antique Show in New York, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris and the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht.

Among the many international clients of the gallery are the Musee de Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the British Library, and the Getty Museum.

Le Louvre des Antiquaires, 2 Place du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris (France)
Tel: +33 1 42 60 15 58 (virtual exhibit