By Thomas Kren, Mark Evans, Janet Backhouse, Nancy Turner
Jean Bourdichon used to be the court docket painter to 4 successive French kings together with Louis XII and his predecessor, Charles VIII. Bourdichon painted the Hours of Louis XII for the king of France round the time of Louis’s coronation in 1498. released at the social gathering of an exhibition held on the J. Paul Getty Museum, October 18, 2005, to January eight, 2006, and on the Victoria and Albert Museum, February 2 to may well 1, 2006, A Masterpiece Reconstructed reproduces the book’s 16 identified miniatures including a range of different books illuminated through the artist, by way of his instructor Jean Fouquet, and via their contemporaries.
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More striking is the fact that the Hours of the Virgin of this extensively illustrated book of hours features a cycle of miniatures from the Creation of Eve to the story of Noah. Eve appears in five of the miniatures, and as a physical type she strongly recalls the Bathsheba figure in the same book. In two separate miniatures (fols. i2v and I3v), both representing The Temptation of Eve, she is shown full length in the matter-of-fact pose of Bathsheba later in the book (FIG. 8). While the picture cycle does not set up an overt comparison between the two, the interchangeability of the naked female types suggests that an awareness of the implicit equation of Bathsheba with Eve continued into the fifteenth century.
Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, exh. cat. (Los Angeles, 2003), pp. 330-34, no. 93. 18. On this event, see the essay by Kren in this volume, p. 57. 19. For the latter, see Francois Avril, Jean Fouquet: Peintre et enlumineur du XVe siecle, exh. cat. (Paris, 2003), pp. 196-97. 20. For example, the dimensions of the Louis XII miniature (pi. ), while those of The Presentation in the Temple (pi. 13) and Bathsheba Bathing (pi. ), respectively. The Louis XII miniature is more trimmed at the top but has a wider margin below the lower frame, which explains the comparable height dimensions given here.
157-200. 15. Reynaud in Avril and Reynaud 1993, PP- 293-94, no. 161. 16. MacGibbon 1933, pp. 49, 141. 17. , Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, exh. cat. (Los Angeles, 2003), pp. 330-34, no. 93. 18. On this event, see the essay by Kren in this volume, p. 57. 19. For the latter, see Francois Avril, Jean Fouquet: Peintre et enlumineur du XVe siecle, exh. cat. (Paris, 2003), pp. 196-97. 20. For example, the dimensions of the Louis XII miniature (pi. ), while those of The Presentation in the Temple (pi.