Additional 28785, ff. 42v-43

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The Jouvenel Master (fl. in the Loire valley, Nantes? and Angers, c. 1435-1460) is named after Guillaume Jouvenel des Ursins, Chancellor of France and his commissioned copy of Giovanni Colonna’s Mare historiarum (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 4915). This richly illuminated manuscript contains 730 miniatures by several hands, the best of which was formerly thought to be the young Jean Fouquet. The manuscript, however, was written in 1449, after Fouquet had returned from Italy; his style at this time differs considerably from that of the miniatures in Colonna’s Mare historiarum. These miniatures are now attributed to two artists, the prolific Jouvenel Master and a younger painter named the Master of the Geneva Boccaccio (Bibliothèque publique et universitaire, fr. 191, fl. in Angers, c. 1445-1470). The latter artist can be distinguished from the former by his flatter, but more dynamic figures. Fouquet was an influence not only for the Geneva Boccaccio Master, but also for such painters as the Master of the Boethius français 809 (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France) and the Master of Adelaide of Savoy (also called Master of Poitiers 30). The richest and most consistent work of the Jouvenel Master is this book of hours for Nantes use (hence the idea that he was active in Nantes before moving to Angers). His style is marked by voluminous figures and luminous colours. Typical of the Jouvenel group are foliate borders that include natural flowers with green and gold leaves as developed by the Master of Marguerite d’Orléans, active in Rennes, Angers and Poitiers (fl. c. 1425-1460).  
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