Behind the staves
The Cambrai Chansonnier, made around 1542 in Bruges for Zeghere van Male, a wealthy inhabitant of this Flemish metropole in decline. But while the economy was no longer boosting, the artistic production still was on a high level. This chansonnier is among the most witty, the most lively and the most inventive books from its age. It holds hundreds of small drawing, taken from real life, fantastic, weird, and dozens of initials, often composed of realistic elements. A special category of images shows pics in which the staves play a role as more or less material elements. Some figures try to hide behind the staves, others are leaning on them, et cetera. This is the triumph of invention and illusion!