By Thomas Kren, Mark Evans, Janet Backhouse, Nancy Turner
Jean Bourdichon used to be the court docket painter to 4 successive French kings together with Louis XII and his predecessor, Charles VIII. Bourdichon painted the Hours of Louis XII for the king of France round the time of Louis’s coronation in 1498. released at the party of an exhibition held on the J. Paul Getty Museum, October 18, 2005, to January eight, 2006, and on the Victoria and Albert Museum, February 2 to may possibly 1, 2006, A Masterpiece Reconstructed reproduces the book’s 16 identified miniatures including a variety of different books illuminated through the artist, via his instructor Jean Fouquet, and through their contemporaries.
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They would have accompanied the Hours of the Conception of the Virgin (PLS. 16, 17), the Hours of All Saints, and the Hours of the Holy Sacrament. As mentioned before, also lacking are eight calendar miniatures, three Evangelist portraits, Christ Currying the Cross (or The Crucifixion), three miniatures from the Hours of the Virgin, and The Virgin and Child (or another devotional subject), which originally faced Louis' portrait (PL. i). 35 What is surprising in such a large and luxurious book of hours is the lack of illustrations to the suffrages of saints, of which six text pages survive.
2002), pp. 157-200. 15. Reynaud in Avril and Reynaud 1993, PP- 293-94, no. 161. 16. MacGibbon 1933, pp. 49, 141. 17. , Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, exh. cat. (Los Angeles, 2003), pp. 330-34, no. 93. 18. On this event, see the essay by Kren in this volume, p. 57. 19. For the latter, see Francois Avril, Jean Fouquet: Peintre et enlumineur du XVe siecle, exh. cat. (Paris, 2003), pp. 196-97. 20. For example, the dimensions of the Louis XII miniature (pi.
6 Jean Colombe, David and Bathsheba. Hours of Anne of France, ca. 1473. New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, M. 677, fol. 211 tance of his example for the court. The sixth miniature deals with the prophet Nathan admonishing David, and the seventh with David's penitence. Thus the cycle decidedly favors the chivalric — and, arguably, the dynastic—over the erotic in the narrative of David and Bathsheba. The miniatures were painted by Jean Colombe, a favorite illuminator of Anne's mother, Queen Charlotte of Savoy (1443-1483), who possibly commissioned the book for her daughter.
A Masterpiece Reconstructed The Hours of Louis XII by Thomas Kren, Mark Evans, Janet Backhouse, Nancy Turner