The Garden of Eden Print
The Garden of Eden Print is from the 18th Century book~Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (literally: ”the very rich hours of the duke of Berry”) The bulk of the Très Riches Heures was painted by the three Limbourg brothers: Paul, Herman and Jean. Born in Nimwegen in the Duchy of Guelders (in present-day Flanders) and referred to as "alemant" (German), the Limbourgs were raised in an artistic family and began working in the arts at a young age. Paul was in the duke's employ by 1408, and his brothers no later than 1410; they all enjoyed a friendly relationship with their patron. After completing the Belles Heures in 1412, they were chosen by the duke to paint the Très Riches Heures in 1413. The Limbourgs laboured on the masterwork for two years, then died sometime in 1416, probably of the plague. The duke also died in 1416, and the Très Riches Heures went unfinished for decades. Then, sometime around 1485, the Duc Charles I de Savoie and his wife, Blanche de Montferrat, commissioned Jean Colombe, an established and well-regarded illuminator from Bourges, to complete the work. The identity of the scribe is unknown, although at the time the manuscript was begun, the duke did have in his employ an escripvain de forme by the name of Yvonnet Leduc.