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Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph Of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe

Visitors to the Web version of this Getty Museum exhibition may well have an advantage over on-site visitors. While the physical exhibition features more than 130 illuminated books produced in Flanders between 1470 and 1560, viewers at the Web site have a chance to get much closer to twenty selected manuscripts, using the Zoom & Explore functions provided. Click a thumbnail to investigate a single page, zooming, panning, "pushing" the image around with the mouse, and linking to audio and additional information. For example, Alexander takes the hand of Roxanne, from the Book of the Deeds of Alexander the Great, ca. 1468-70, shows Alexander choosing his future wife from thirty virgins assembled at a banquet. Although Alexander lived over a century before the book was created, the people depicted are dressed in the height of Renaissance fashion, and links provide more information on their clothing, hats, and hair styles.
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