Virgil Master

  • active about 1380 - 1420
  • Illuminator
  • French

The Virgil Master worked at the court of Jean, duc de Berry from the 1390s to the 1410s, and Jean owned at least six of the manuscripts the artist illuminated. Jean de Berry's treasurer, Jacques Courau, also commissioned several books from the Virgil Master including copies of Bucolics and Aeneid, by the poet Virgil, after whom the artist is named. The Virgil Master collaborated with some of the other leading illuminators of the time, including the workshops of the Boucicaut Master and the Egerton Master. The Virgil Master painted highly developed narratives and often incorporated contemporary medieval details of architecture and dress into his compositions.