Caterina de’ Medici, Queen and Patron
Made in a single copy, entirely calligraphed and illuminated by hand, the work pays tribute to a great character of Italian Renaissance, an ambassador in Europe of the excellence of Italian “know-how”.
Sovereign of France and mother of Kings, patron, lover of peace and promoter of the arts, Catherine was also a living monument to the beauty and techniques of Italian fine crafts.
The union into a unique, top excellence know-how of liberal arts and of those wrongly defined as “minor” arts is renewed in this volume that FMR has conceived as a precious jewel, decorated by splendid miniatures and calligraphed on natural parchment papers using sixteenth century techniques and models. From the majolica illuminated and set on the cover, the binding, the gold leaf finishes, all hand-made by the most extraordinary Italian craft shops, everything leads to the excellence of a unique artwork in continuity with the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and with the most precious achievements of the Renaissance period.
The unique work Catherine de’ Medici, Queen and Patron is currently stored at the Library of Congress in Washington.