John VI Kantakouzenos.
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Title:John VI Kantakouzenos
Notes:From the beautifully crafted manuscript of the collected Theological Works of John VI Kantakouzenos (Constantinople 1370s), today at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Ms. grec 1242)

Kantakouzenos was a reluctant king who had to resort to force to maintain his throne. In his later years, he stepped down, entered a monastery, and took on the life of a monk.

"An easily overlooked but functional aspect of these imperial books, as of all luxury books, is that they were intended to be seen by only a tiny number of people. The messages of the images in such books were believed to be appreciate constantly by God and the saints, but they were not able to influence more general perceptions." (Kemp, 83)
Building:Bibliothèque nationale de France
Original Location:Constantinople
Object/Function:Books and manuscripts

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Attribution:John VI Kantakouzenos, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved December 4, 2021]. Original source:
Record Number:54592 Last Updated: 2021-01-14 13:08:18 Record Created: 2011-05-30 15:33:16
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition