Jean Pucelle

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Page from the Belleville Breviary by Jean Pucelle

Jean Pucelle (c. 1300 – 1355), active c. 1320-1350, was a Parisian Gothic-era manuscript illuminator, excelling in the invention of drolleries, traditional iconography, and was considered one of the best miniaturists of the early 14th century.[1][2] He worked primarily under the patronage of the royal court and is believed to be responsible for the introduction of the arte nuovo of Giotto and Duccio to Northern Gothic art, showing distinct influence from the Italian trecento art Duccio is credited with the creation of.[3][4] His style is characterized by delicate figures rendered in grisaille, accented with touches of color.

Pucelle's most famous works are The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, a private prayer book done as a royal commission to the queen of France Jeanne d'Évreux (c. 1324–1328), his reflections of the Maestà (c. 1325) by Duccio in the Belleville Breviary[5] and a Franciscan breviary presumed to have once been owned by Blanche of France. His earliest documented work is believed to be the design for the great seal of the Confraternity of the Hospital of St. Jacques-aux-Pelerins in Paris, indicating that Pucelle either worked or designed in a variety of media ranging from enamels to stained glass.[6]

A good grasp of Pucelle’s proto-Reneisance style is provided by The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, the Belleville Breviary and Billyng Bible with each displaying features such as sculpturally modeled figures, three-dimensional treatment of space and a new form of psychological expression.[7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jean Pucelle (c.1290-1334)". http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/old-masters/jean-pucelle.htm. 
  2. ^ "Jean Pucelle". http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/482668/Jean-Pucelle. 
  3. ^ Gould, Karen (March 1992). "Jean Pucelle and Northern Gothic Art: New Evidence from Strasbourg Cathedral". The Art Bulletin 74 (1): 51. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Randall, Lilian (April 1964). "Reviewed Work: Jean Pucelle by Kathleen Morand". Speculum 39 (2): 331. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jean Pucelle". http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/482668/Jean-Pucelle. 
  6. ^ Gould, Karen (March 1992). "Jean Pucelle and Northern Gothic Art: New Evidence from Strasbourg Cathedral". The Art Bulletin 74 (1): 51. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Sandler, Lucy (December 1970). "A Follower of Jean Pucelle in England". The Art Bulletin 52 (4): 363. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

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