I was fortunate enough (thanks to my daughter) to visit the Getty Center in Los Angeles this week, during the exhibition of “Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts”. There was a room full of illuminated manuscripts, many of them the gorgeous, detailed capitals I was expecting, like this one:
Then there was the unexpected! For example this guy, who was having the worst possible day:
Saints Aimo and Vermondo were local saints — aristocrats who escaped a wild boar attack while hunting, and then dedicated a church in Meda, Lombardy. People prayed to them for miracles and healing.
Then a book by a fencing master and author of an early Italian martial arts manual, Flower of Battle. These pages show combat techniques for horsemen.
I particularly liked the combat manual. It reminded me of a book I used for research when writing sword fighting scenes. Renaissance Swordsmanship: The Illustrated Book Of Rapiers And Cut And Thrust Swords And Their Use, by John Clements, was a useful source because it had detailed illustrations — much like the ones in the Renaissance manual above.
It’s a wonderful exhibit to visit if you’re in the area. Here’s a press release with details: http://news.getty.edu/press-materials/press-releases/renaissance-splendors-northern-italian-courts.htm. The exhibit continues until June 21 and includes an awesome online exhibit showing the works and brief descriptions, here.
*Note: Non-flash photography in this gallery was permitted. Also, digital images of these works are available under the Getty’s Open Content Program.