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Froissart Kneeling before Gaston Phébus, Count of Foix

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Froissart Kneeling before Gaston Phébus, Count of Foix


Master of the Soane Josephus (Flemish, active about 1475 - 1485)




Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)


about 1480–1483


Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XIII 7 (83.MP.150), fol. 9


Leaf: 48 × 35 cm (18 7/8 × 13 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Within an impressive stone house surrounded by an extensive walled garden, the poet, historian, and cleric Jean Froissart, author of the Chronicle, kneels before the Count of Foix. Raising his hat in homage, Froissart presents a letter of introduction, hoping to conduct research for his book. This miniature on the opening pages of the third volume of Froissart's account of European events of the 1300s asserts the eyewitness quality of his history by presenting him in person before one of his sources. For his narrative, Froissart interviewed witnesses, drew upon his own direct observation, and recorded gossip accumulated from frequent stays at the courts of England and France.

The taste of the dukes of Burgundy for large, illuminated history books was shared by other rulers who also patronized Flemish artists. An important member of the English court, perhaps even the king himself, probably commissioned this copy of the third book of Froissart's Chronicle. The owner is not known, however, since parts of the border of this opening page that were destined for the owner's heraldry and motto were left unfinished.

Ars et Ingenium: The Illuminator's Craft and Genius (July 26 to October 9, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 26 to October 9, 1994