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Miniature from a Book of Hours: The Pentecost

Miniature from a Book of Hours: The Pentecost

c. 1500

Jean Poyet

(French)

Tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 17.5 x 11.7 cm (6 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1924.426

Description

The city of Tours in the Loire Valley, then the seat of the French court, was the center of an important
school of illuminators and painters during the latter half of the 15th century. An important artist in this
school was Jean Poyet, whose work was much in demand within court circles. Poyet illustrated several
devotional books for his patroness, Queen Anne of Brittany, and is also known to have worked for the
French king, Charles VIII. This miniature depicting the Pentecost would have introduced the Hours of
the Holy Spirit in a luxury book of hours likely made for an aristocratic patron.

See also
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Manuscript
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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