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With their images of princely hunts, opulent costumes, and a cast of characters ranging from royals to commoners, each of the playing cards in this engaging volume is a unique work of art that reflects a period of tumultuous social, artistic, economic, and religious change. The only study of its kind in English, this book features the most important luxury decks of hand-painted European playing cards to have survived from the late Middle Ages, plus a selection of exceptional hand-colored woodblock cards, engraved cards, and tarot packs. Each of these cards has a fascinating story to tell; collectively, they conjure up the courtly culture and customs of the day, and chart the transition from late medieval to early modern Europe.
Number of Pages: 135
Genre: Art, History
Sub-Genre: Medieval, Non-Sports Cards
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Timothy B. Husband
Street Date: February 16, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-9455
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