Master of the Rohan Hours

(fl. c. 1410—1440)

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(fl c. 1410–40). ?French illuminator. He is named after his contribution to the illumination of the Rohan Hours (Grandes Heures de Rohan, c. 1430–33; Paris, Bib. N., MS. lat. 9471), which contains the arms of the Rohan Family (gules with seven gold mascles) on several pages (notably fol. 26v), although it is not certain that these arms are original. Several scholars, including Avril, associate the production of the Rohan Hours with the Angevin court and with Yolande of Aragon, wife of Louis II, Duke of Anjou. Some of the miniatures indicate familiarity with the work of the Limbourg brothers in the Belles Heures of Jean, Duc de Berry (c. 1405–8; New York, Cloisters), which Yolande purchased after the Duc's death in 1416. The Rohan Hours also incorporates an extensive biblical cycle based on a Bible moralisée (Paris, Bib. N., MS. fr. 9561), brought from Naples to the court of Anjou by Louis II. It is thought that Yolande may have commissioned the Rohan Hours in 1431 to celebrate the marriage of Charles of Anjou, Comte du Maine, to a daughter of Alain IX de Rohan; the marriage, however, never took place.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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