(fl c 1450–70). South Netherlandish illuminator. His name is derived from the Roman de Girart de Roussillon (Vienna, Österreich. Nbib., Cod. 2549), which was copied in 1448 in the workshop of Jean Wauquelin in Mons and illuminated shortly afterwards. The Girart Master is generally identified as the Bruges illuminator dreux Jean, who worked for Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. The Master also painted miniatures in grisaille and in colour in such manuscripts as the Chroniques de Jérusalem abrégiées (Vienna, Österreich. Nbib., Cod. 2533); the Entry into Jerusalem (fol. 5r) in grisaille at the beginning of Jean Gerson's Passion de Nostre Seigneur (Brussels, Bib. Royale Albert 1er, MSS 9081–2) was painted for the Duke of Burgundy. A single leaf (Berlin, Kstbib. & Mus., no. 4005, 6) has been attributed to the Girart Master; miniatures by his hand also occur in, among others, a prayerbook (Paris, Bib. N., MS. nouv. acq. fr. 16428) and the Passion de St Adrien (Paris, Col. Count de Waziers).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.