MASTER of the Hours of Maréchal de Boucicaut
(active 1405-1420 in Paris)
Book of Hours of Maréchal de Boucicaut1405-08
Manuscript (Ms. 2), 275 x 190 mm
Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris
This illumination showing the Visitation of Mary (folio 65v) was made by a Franco-Flemish manuscript illuminator referred to as the Master of the Book of Hours of Maréchal de Boucicaut after the Book of Hours in the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris. The painter's favourite bird was the swan which is present in the background of this picture, too. He was called also as Maitre aux Cygnes, the Master of Swans.
This Book of Hours was done for Jean II le Meingre Boucicaut (1365-1421). This manuscript, which was presumably commissioned before 1415, when Boucicaut was captured at the Battle of Agincourt, is a magnificent example of the Intemational Gothic style, but in its accomplished handling of space and aerial perspective and its delightful genre detail it heralds the achievements of the 15th-century Netherlandish School. Many other manuscripts are attributed to the workshop of the Boucicaut Master.