Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Miracle of St Anthony of Padua

Jean Bourdichon
b. 1457, d. 1521 Tours, France
Miracle de saint Antoine de Padoue (Miracle of St Anthony of Padua)
From Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne 1503-1508
Latin 9474 ; Folio : 187v
Département des Manuscrits, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Jean Bourdichon served as official court painter to four successive French kings: Louis XI,
Charles VIII, Louis XII, and François I

He is today known primarily from his work in manuscripts

For more about Jean Bourdichon, see The Getty website - A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII

Anne de Bretagne (1477–1514), Duchess of Brittany, was twice Queen of France, the first time by marrying Charles VIII in 1491 and the second time, after his death, by marrying his successor, Louis XII, 8 years later.

A pious monarch, she ordered the famous artist Jean Bourdichon (1457–1521), to richly adorn an Horae ad usum romanum

The book is catalogued as Ms. Latin 9474 at the Bibliothe`que Nationale de France and can be browsed on-line in its entirety at accueil.html by clicking on Recherche, typing Latin 9474 in the small window Manuscrits and clicking on Chercher.