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Coat of Arms Held by a Woman
Jean Fouquet (French, born about 1415 - 1420, died before 1481)
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 11.4 x 8.3 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)
Partial gift of Gerald F. Borrmann
Introducing the reader and viewer to Simon de Varie's exquisite book of hours, a woman holds up an escutcheon, or shield, in the first illumination of the book's series of frontispiece miniatures. With its profusion of heraldry, Jean Fouquet designed this page to emphasize not only Varie's piety but also his pride in his lofty new status: Varie had only been ennobled shortly before he commissioned this manuscript.
The shield was overpainted in the 1600s with the
Inspired by his contact with Italian