Chief Associate of the Bedford Master
|Dates||active Paris, France until 1463|
Scholars named the Bedford Master for his work in two manuscripts commissioned by John, Duke of Bedford, while the duke served as regent for Henry VI of England between 1422 and 1435. Of the illuminators active in his workshop, scholars have named the most talented the Chief Associate of the Bedford Master. The title master implies an artisan who has his own unique style and runs his own workshop or can hire himself out as an independent worker; associate usually refers to a painter in a workshop whose style closely follows the master's style but who also has his own characteristic way of painting. The Chief Associate of the Bedford Master has a style characterized by soft modeling of both flesh and drapery, a fondness for pale colors, and the liberal use of shell gold to highlight forms.