The Book of the conquests and deeds of Alexander, produced upon the request of the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good (1396-1467) is one of the most beautiful manuscripts from the Dutuit collection and conserved in the Petit Palais museum.

Its author, Jean Wauquelin, writer at the Burgundian court, was inspired by a French 12th-century poem recounting the exploits of Alexander the Great in the style of a chivalric romance.

The manuscript is adorned with 204 miniatures by five different illuminators, including Willem Vrelant, a prolific artist in the service of the Dukes Philip the Good and Charles the Bold, and a friend of the painter Hans Memling. Under the pretext of illustrating the adventures of the Emperor Alexander, the illuminators and painters produced a detailed portrayal of everyday life at the Burgundian court in the 15th century.

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See the manuscript (.pdf) digitized by the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes

City of Paris municipal collection's website

City of Paris municipal collection's website

The online catalogue of the Petit Palais collections includes around 35,000 notes and is added to regularly. Some notes have minimal information; others are more detailed. They are illustrated or they will be shortly.

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