Jean Prévost

(fl. 1471)

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(fl 1471; d 1503–4). French painter. He was appointed master glazier and painter of Lyon Cathedral on 5 September 1471, after his father-in-law Laurent Girardin (fl 1440–71) resigned the position. Prévost was succeeded by Pierre de Paix (also known as Pierre d’Aubenas, fl 1485–1502) in 1498, but he continued to paint. Prévost organized preparations in 1476 for the entry into Lyon of Louis XI, and in 1485, with Jean Perréal, for the entry of Cardinal-Archbishop Charles II de Bourbon. Prévost was called to Moulins for two weeks in January 1490 in connection with the visit of Charles VIII to Moulins and Lyon. His duties in Lyon also included scenery and costumes for morality plays and royal coats of arms, as well as his works for Lyon Cathedral, none of which survives. Attention was focused on Prévost after Dupieux suggested that he was the anonymous master of Moulins. Châtelet and Dupont supported Dupieux's hypothesis, but it was rejected by subsequent scholars, notably Reynaud (1978) and has recently been reasserted by Châtelet and Asperen de Boer (2001).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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