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Master of the Getty Froissart  

active: about 1475 - about 1485 Bruges

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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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King France / M Froissart
King France

Flemish, 1480 - 1483

English Fleet / M Froissart
English Fleet

Flemish, about 1480

Inviting Guests / M Froissart
Inviting Guests

Flemish, 1480 - 1483

Consulting / M Froissart

Flemish, 1480 - 1483

Gaston / M Froissart

Flemish, 1480 - 1483