The Hidden Masters of the Middle Ages: the Limbourg Brothers
Written and directed by Peter van der Heijden. Produced by Tuk Melissen, Gelderland Media Group
Created in 2005
The three Limbourg brothers painted landscapes and portraits with a precision that was unheard of in their time. They gave us the first snowy landscape in the history of painting, smoke from a chimney, skies full of clouds, a proper night scene, paintings with perspective. The Limbourg brothers (Herman, Paul, and Johan) were way ahead of their time with these innovations; their medieval art set the trend for modern painting.
Raised in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, the Limbourg brothers were active in the early 15th century in France and Burgundy. Their best known work is the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, which is called the “most valuable book in the world.” It consists of a large number of miniatures of unparalleled quality and detail.