Master of Margaret of Orleans

(fl. c. 1428—1465)

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(fl c. 1428–65). French illuminator. He was one of the more individual artists to emerge from the milieu of the Limbourg brothers and the Boucicaut and Bedford masters. Although few works can be ascribed to him with certainty, his ingenious and imaginative borders and repertory of decorative motifs were highly influential on manuscript illumination in north-western France, and in particular on the work of the master of Jouvenel des ursins. Attempts have been made to reconstruct the Master's itinerant career (König, 1991), which included an initial period in Paris, where he responded to the works of the Boucicaut master, and subsequent periods in Bourges, Rennes and Poitiers. His two earliest commissions are placed during the Bourges stay: a Grandes Chroniques de France (Paris, Bib. N., MS. fr. 2605), possibly made for Charles VII, and a copy of Boccaccio's Le Livre des cas des nobles hommes et femmes (Chantilly, Mus. Condé, MS. 858), formerly owned by the Breton admiral, Prigent de Coëtivy. Also from this period is a Livre des secrets de l'histoire naturelle (Paris, Bib. N., MSS fr. 1377–9), which is dated in an ex-libris to 1428.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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