Adenet Lescuyer

(fl. 1457—1471)

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(fl 1457–71). French illuminator. The earliest document relating to him is dated 1457, when he illuminated a manuscript for Joanna of Laval (d 1498), wife of René I, Duke of Anjou. In February 1457 the artist received 6 livres 17 sous 6 deniers of silver for producing ‘ung ymaige et plusieurs lettres’ for a copy of the Miroir des dames (untraced) for Joanna. In May the court moved to Provence and the Miroir was completed by another, unnamed, illuminator. In 1458 Adenet received payment from the chapter of Angers Cathedral for decorating a five-volume Gradual (untraced). He was paid the substantial sum of 42 sous 6 deniers for each of the 18 miniatures and was assisted by Gervaise Godelin. Although not officially attached to the court, Adenet was nevertheless described in this document as ‘enlumineur de la reine de Sicile’, possibly indicating the esteem in which he was held. The final record of his activities is on 19 May 1471, when he received 27 sous 1 denier for producing three miniatures for an Epistolary and an Evangeliary for the chapter of St Laud, Angers. No works by Adenet survive, although he has been tentatively identified (Durrieu, 1912), albeit unsuccessfully, with the master of the Rohan hours.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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