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The Manuscript Painting Techniques of Jean Bourdichon (lecture)

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Portraitist, manuscript illuminator, and designer of royal celebrations, stained-glass windows, even coins—French Renaissance artist Jean Bourdichon was prolific, successful, and technically brilliant.

Drawing on her work for the current exhibition A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII, conservator Nancy Turner will discuss Bourdichon's technique, from his liberal use of gold and jewel colors to his innovative dramatic close-ups. She will also compare Bourdichon's techniques to those of his probable mentor, Jean Fouquet, and his contemporary rival, Jean Poyet.

About Nancy Turner
Nancy Turner is associate conservator in the department of paper conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum and has studied the techniques of the great illuminators in microscopic detail in the Getty's conservation labs.

Turner contributed an essay on Bourdichon's technique to the exhibition catalog A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII.

Louis XII of France / Bourdichon