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Master of the Getty Froissart  

active: about 1475 - about 1485 Bruges
illuminator
Flemish

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The anonymous artist known as the Master of the Getty Froissart has only recently been defined as a distinct artistic personality. The artist's name derives from the illuminations that enliven a copy of a text written by Jean Froissart now held by the J. Paul Getty Museum. A subtle handling of light, space, and color characterizes the artist's miniatures. Light-filled interiors reveal a persistent interest in defining spatial relationships, while landscapes provide dramatic settings for the action-filled narratives.

All of the manuscripts containing illuminations by the Master of the Getty Froissart are large secular books, most of them containing historical texts. Although very little is now known of this artist's life, the work of the Master of the Getty Froissart played an important role in the revitalization of secular text illustration in the years around 1480 in Flanders.

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Chronicles / M Getty Froissart
Chronicles

Flemish, about 1480

King Killed / M Froissart
King Killed

Flemish, about 1480

Hens and Corn / M Froissart
Hens and Corn

Flemish, 1480 - 1483

Pope & Antipope / M Froissart
Pope & Antipope

Flemish, about 1480

Preparing for War / M Froissart
Preparing for War

Flemish, 1480 - 1483