Godefroy le Batave

(fl. 1515—1526)

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(fl 1515–26). North Netherlandish illuminator, active in France. He is known solely through his activity at the court of Francis I. His name comes from a Latin inscription identifying him as pictoris batavi in the third volume of his best-known work, the Commentaries on the Gallic War (1520; Chantilly, Mus. Condé, MS. 1139). He signed himself ‘Godefroy’ there and in the Triumphes of Petrarch (c. 1524; Paris, Bib. Arsenal, MS. 6480). The Commentaries on the Gallic War (vol. i: London, BL, Harley MS. 6205; vol. ii, Paris, Bib. N., MS. fr. 13429), the Dominus illuminatio mea (1516; Paris, Bib. N., MS. fr. 2088) and the Life of the Magdalene (1517; Paris, Bib. N., MS. fr. 24955) were illuminated under the direct supervision of their Franciscan author, François Du Moulin or Demoulins (fl 1502–24), for presentation to the King and his mother Louise de Savoie, Comtesse d’Angoulême (1476–1531). The tiny, personalized vernacular manuscripts provide insight into court thought and taste in these early years of the French Renaissance.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.