Recently a dear friend described me as her 'beauty therapist,' that is, someone who leads her to beautiful things that then become her therapy. Wow -- if I had set out to become something wonderful, I don't think I would have dared hope for that description!
Just now I found myself wishing for some 'beauty therapy' of my own, and my eye turned once more toward the Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne. I ended up starting with this portrait of St. John the Evangelist and then I just kept paging forward - it was wonderful. Highly recommended for anyone in need of a beauty vitamin. (Which is, after all, most of us.)
Two additional entries into my personal 'Greatest Hits' list would have to be two works illuminated by Paul, Herman, and Jean Limbourg, three brothers of astounding genius who worked in France in the early decades of the 1400s. Their Belles Heures du Duc de Berry is delicate and wonderful. Their more sumptuous Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry is simply beyond compare. To me it is simply astonishing that we can now see each leaf, in all its color, of both these works thanks to modern technology.
I've been thinking for a while of having an StB 'greatest hits' category, just to collect together those posts and sites which seem to have the most impact, at least to me. One entry would definitely be the Cathedral of Lyon, France. Sometimes just remembering it makes me feel all better inside. I hope it can have the same effect on others.