15th Century

Heures d'Etienne Chevalier

The Hours of Etienne Chevalier. New York, G. Braziller [1971].  
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Etienne de Chevalier, treasurer to King Charles VII, commissioned Jean Fouquet, one of the greatest artists of the fifteenth century, to create this Book of Hours. The original miniatures exist as fragments of the Livre d’heures d”Etienne Chevalier (1450-60), forty of the leaves are at  the Musée Condé, Chantilly. Two at the Louvre, one at the Bibliothèque Nationale, and one at the British Museum.   This book is not a true facsimile, but rather a study book (with English translation of the hours) containing reproductions of the miniatures in full color. Documentary sources of the 15th and 16th centuries show that Fouquet, an early renaissance French painter and illuminator, held international repute.  He is also famous for his illuminations for the French translations of Boccaccio and of Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews manuscripts located at the Bibliothèque Nationale.

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