Additional 16997, f. 77

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This handsome book of hours, later owned by Etienne Chevalier, is attributed to the Boucicaut Master (fl. in Paris, c. 1400-1420). He is named after a book of hours commissioned by Jean II le Meingre de Boucicaut, Marshal of France (Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, ms. 2). The Boucicaut Master is remarkable for his innovative approach to perspective and for his use of light. His buildings follow an empirical view, and his deep landscapes impress by their new shining luminosity. The borders of gold ivy mixed with coloured flowers and fleshy acanthus are particularly rich in this manuscript (the large green leaves probably refer to the original owner). The manuscript is mainly by the Boucicaut Master, while one miniature is by the Bedford Master. The tentative identification of the Boucicaut Master with Jacques Coene from Bruges is now generally disregarded, as recent discoveries show that Coene is documented in Paris from the late 1380s. In the margin of the David miniature at the Penitential Psalms is a red medallion bearing two interlaced ‘E’s that was added by Jean Fouquet when the manuscript was owned by Etienne Chevalier.  
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