Books in art help tell the story
‘Madame de Pompadour’ by Francois Boucher, 1756,
As many of you who regularly check in with Book Patrol know, the representation of the book in art is one of the cornerstones of our foundation.
Over at the British Library’s Collection Care blog Christina Duffy looks at the value of books depicted in art as it relates to the history of bookbinding. Fueled by her week of studying European Bookbinding (1450-1820) at the London Rare Books School Duffy shows us how the “keen eye of the artist has captured precise details when depicting books throughout history, showing sewing structures, stitch types, supports, covers and even how they were stored.”
‘Madame de Pompadour’ detail
While Duffy’s focus is mostly on how the art of the past can be beneficial in the study of how books where made it is clear that this type of study can also be used in the study of the cultural, social and economic conditions of days gone by.
Guercino’s ‘Portrait of Lawyer Francesco Righetti’
Marinus van Reymerswale’s ‘St Jerome in his Study’, 16th century.
detail ‘St Jerome in his Study’
‘La fille du bouquiniste’ by Alexandre Antigna, (1855)