Pierre Spicre

(fl. 1470—1478)

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(fl 1470–78). Burgundian painter. He was probably the son of Guillaume Spicre of Dijon, a stained-glass painter in the service of Philip the Good, 3rd Duke of Burgundy, from 1450 to 1468. He is first recorded in June 1470 as an expert called to judge the newly completed tomb of John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria, Duke and Duchess of Burgundy, carved by Juan de la Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier for the Charterhouse (Dijon, Mus. B.-A.). On 4 March 1473, with the aid of money bequeathed by Bishop Georges de Saluces (d 1461), he was engaged to paint a retable (untraced) for the high altar of Lausanne Cathedral. On 13 September 1474 he was employed to make for the choir of Notre-Dame, Beaune, certain ‘patrons’ on cloth depicting 21 scenes (untraced) from the Life of the Virgin to include the figures of Cardinal Jean II Rolin and his dog. On their completion early in 1475, the same chapter commissioned him to make another ‘patron’ on cloth showing the Contemplation of St Bernard, which was to serve as the cartoon for a tapestry (both untraced), for which he was provided with a ‘portrait’ of the saint. In 1477, as in 1472–3, records show him residing in the parish of St Peter's, Dijon, and by June 1478 he was dead.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.