Harley 4431, (vol. 1) f. 3

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The Cité des Dames Master (fl. in Paris, c. 1405-1415) is named after several copies of Christine de Pisan’s Cité des Dames illustrated by him and his workshop. The frontispiece of Christine’s Œuvres depicts how the book was presented by the author to Isabeau of Bavaria, probably in January 1414 as a New Year’s present. Typical for the Cité des Dames Master are the figures with similar white oval faces. The three-dimensional interior is unusual for this artist and seems to be inspired by the Mazarine Master (cf. Geneva, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire, fr. 165, f. 4) with whom the Cité des Dames Master occasionally collaborated. In this manuscript, the Cité des Dames Master worked with different artists active in Paris, such as the Mazarine and the Bedford Masters. The Cité des Dames Master specialized in the illumination of literature and history. This involved the creation of long cycles of miniatures for which they often had to establish new iconography. Another illuminator favored by Christine de Pizan was the Master of the Epître d’Othéa (fl. in Paris, c. 1400-1410), named after another of Christine’s works (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 606). He was perhaps of Lombard origin. In the eponymous Epître d’Othéa, he collaborated with the Saffron Master named because of his use of yellow resembling the spice saffron.  
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