A Masterpiece Reconstructed The Hours of Louis XII by Thomas Kren, Mark Evans, Janet Backhouse, Nancy Turner

By Thomas Kren, Mark Evans, Janet Backhouse, Nancy Turner

Jean Bourdichon was once 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 perhaps 1, 2006, A Masterpiece Reconstructed reproduces the book’s 16 identified miniatures including a range of alternative books illuminated by way of the artist, by means of his instructor Jean Fouquet, and by way of their contemporaries.

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43 The result, moreover, is a more aesthetically pleasing two-page opening than the king's hours seems to have had. Finally, the calendar miniatures of the king's hours are less ambitious and accomplished than those in the queen's hours. In the former they occupy only two sides of the border (see, for example, PL. 2) while in the latter they fill a full, four-sided border (see FIG. 12), a format also widely popular in Flemish devotional books by the first decade of the sixteenth century. 15 Simulated two-page opening in the Hours of Louis XII: Explicit page from the Hours of All Saints and Jean Bourdichon, Pentecost (PL.

Cat. [Paris, 1993], p. 295); and Wieck identified the four calendar leaves (pis. 2-5) in James R. , Leaves of Gold: Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections, exh. cat. (Philadelphia, 2001), pp. 70-74, no. 16. 6. In testimony offered on July 19, 1513, Bourdichon gave his age as fifty-six (David MacGibbon, Jean Bourdichon: A Court Painter of the Fifteenth Century [Glasgow, 1933], pp. 52,150-51). 7. The documentation for much of this is cited by MacGibbon 1933, pp. 35-47. 8. "... richment et sumptueusement historie et enlumyne unesgrans heurespour nostre usaige et service ou il a mys et employe grant temps...

22V PLATE 7 Saint Luke Writing Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Ms. 8999 PLATE 8 The Betrayal of Christ Paris, Musee Marmottan (Wildenstein Collection) PLATE 9 The Virgin of the Annunciation London, British Library, Ms. Add. 35254, fol. V PLATE 10 The Visitation Bristol City Museums and Art Gallery, No. K 2407 PLATE II The Nativity London, Victoria and Albert Museum, No. E. 949-2003 PLATE 12 T/7£ Adoration of the Magi Paris, Musee du Louvre, No. RF 53030 PLATE 13 The Presentation in the Temple JPGM, Ms.

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