Donated in 1980 to the French Academy of Fine Arts by Daniel Wildenstein, the Marmottan Monet Museum owns and exhibits the extraordinary set of illuminations assembled by Georges Wildenstein throughout the years. This prestigious collection, one of the world’s largest, has hundreds of pieces presenting illumination art during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
As was Georges Wildstein’s preference, most of the collection is dedicated to French and Italian illuminations from the 15th and 16th century. Nevertheless, it also includes with French, Italian, English, and Flemish illuminations from the 13th to the 16th century. This collection presents some of the craft's most beautiful pieces. This collection features the following masterpieces: The Mission of the Apostles by the Master of San Michele a Murano, Initial P Saint Prosdocimus Baptizing Vitalian by Girolamo da Cremona, Initial O The Dream of Saint Romuald by Attavante, the leaf from the Hours of Etienne Chevalier by Jean Fouquet, and the leaf from the Book of Hours of Louis XII by Jean Bourdichon.
It has been displayed since April the 14th in a room specially refitted to house the collection.