attributed to Jean Poyet / Virgin and Christ Child, Page From a Book of Hours / about 1490 - 1500attributed to Jean Poyet
Virgin and Christ Child, Page From a Book of Hours
about 1490 - 1500

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Creator Name: Poyet, Jean
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Gender: M
Creator Active Place: Tours
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Jean Poyet
Title: Virgin and Christ Child, Page From a Book of Hours
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1490
Creation End Date: 1500
Creation Date: about 1490 - 1500
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: gouache and gilding on parchment
Dimensions: H.7-3/16 x W.5-1/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 14.12
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

Bound books of illuminated manuscripts have seldom survived intact. Often they have been dismantled for sale as individual sheets. The irregular size of this page indicates that it was cut from a Book of Hours and then suffered even further trimming.

This miniature is a full-page illustration, framed in the manner of an easel or panel painting. The practice of isolating a large miniature from its textual content was an innovation of the Loire school of illuminators centered in Tours in the fifteenth century, reflecting the increasing popularity of panel painting. As a result, many miniatures no longer fulfilled their original role of enhancing the written word, but were now independent works modeled on the compositions and descriptive detail of large-scale paintings. This Madonna and Child miniature has been attributed to Jean Poyet, active in Tours from 1483 to 1497, who executed commissions for Queen Anne of Brittany and other royal patrons. The Virgin offers the standing Christ Child a pink, or carnation, symbolizing love. Behind them, three angels make music with a lute, a recorder and a rebec, a medieval pear-shaped, stringed instrument played with a bow.

AMICA ID: MIA_.14.12
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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