Simon Marmion

(c. 1425—1489)

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(b ?Amiens, ?c.1425; d Valenciennes, 25 Dec. 1489).

Franco-Flemish manuscript illuminator and painter. In 1449–54 he lived in Amiens, and he joined the Tournai painters' guild in 1468, but most of his working life was spent in Valenciennes, where he is first documented in 1458. He had a great reputation in his day, but no works certainly from his hand survive. The main paintings attributed to him are two wings of an altarpiece (1455–9) from the abbey of St Bertin, St Omer (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin; fragments from the altarpiece are in the NG, London). Several manuscripts also are attributed to him. His style was very tender, with delicate, almost pastel colouring, and does not belong to the mainstream of either French or Netherlandish art.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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