Jouvenel des Ursins

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French family of patrons. The first Jouvenel of distinction was Jean I (1360–1431), Baron de Trainel, who became provost of the merchants in Paris and president of the parliaments of Poitiers and Toulouse. Jean is remembered today for two fine statues representing the baron and his wife (d 1456), designed for their tombs in the family chapel of St Rémi in Notre-Dame, Paris. Though much restored, these lifelike, highly coloured statues are interesting as examples of the kneeling form of effigy made before the type became generally popular. Also probably intended for this chapel is a large painted panel representing Jean, his wife and their 11 adult children (Paris, Louvre, on dep. Paris, Mus. Cluny). Inscriptions identifying the figures and recording their titles indicate that it was executed between 1445 and 1449. The painting has been attributed to the master of the Munich golden legend, a leading illuminator of the second quarter of the 15th century, active in Paris and elsewhere, and a rival of the better-known Bedford master.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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