Fastolf Master

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(fl c. 1420–60). Illuminator, active in France and England. The Master's name comes from a manuscript containing the Livre des quatre vertus and the Epître d’Othéa (Oxford, Bodleian Lib., MS. Laud. misc. 570) made for Sir John Fastolf (d 1459), who had added substantial profits from the French wars to his English inheritance. The book was produced in England and was dated 1450 by the English scribe Ricardus Franciscus, but the miniatures are thoroughly French in style. They combine an emphasis on surface, from reinforced outlines and flat patterning, with some effect of volume from the drapery modelling of his often angular, elongated figures and a degree of three-dimensional illusion in the architectural settings. Landscapes are flatter compilations of stylized natural details, where any recession through overlapping forms is negated by the gold of the starry skies.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.