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Text by Yvonne Hackenbroch, Preface by Gonzague Saint Bris. Published by Assouline

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Featuring original text from the 1979 Renaissance Jewellery by late museum curator and jewellery historian Yvonne Hackenbroch, Jewels of the Renaissance showcases the boundless spirit of the Age of the Renaissance through luxuriously timeless and beautiful jewels.

Praised for their ability to express a range of human emotions and ambitions— namely love, friendship, religious devotion, superstition and dynastic pride, these jewels are more than just aesthetically pleasing.

Hackenbroch was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and studied art history at the University of Munich, earning a doctorate in 1936.

In 1949 she was a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she specialised in Renaissance art. Her book Renaissance Jewellery established her identity as a leading expert in the field.

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The new publication also includes a preface by French writer, historian, journalist, and radio and television broadcaster Gonzague Saint Bris, who lives in his family château, Clos Lucé at Amboise, where in fact Leonardo da Vinci lived and died.

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"The Renaissance teaches us to admire both the intelligence of grace and the grace of intelligence, when men wore gems, and jewels weighed lightly on women’s shoulders," writes Saint Bris.

Jewels of the Renaissance is from the Assouline Fall 2015 Legends Collection. Assouline.com

Images courtesy of the publisher.

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