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Female Heraldic Figure Holding Escutcheon:Vie a mon desir
Female Heraldic Figure Holding Escutcheon:Vie a mon desir
The motto (Life According to One's Desire) is formed of the same letters as Simon de Varie's name but in a different order. The letters of the words are cleverly compressed so that the "I" of "VIE" is inserted within the two strokes of the "V."


Jean Fouquet
French, Tours, 1455
Tempera colors and gold paint on parchment
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.
MS. 7, FOL. 1