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Monday, November 14, 2016

"life according to one's desire"

digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

That's what the banner at the top of this page - and the words on the dog's collar - say when translated from the French; at the bottom, you see the words "Plus que jamais" (More than ever).  The illuminator Jean Fouquet created this frontispiece for a Book of Hours commissioned by Simon de Varie, a court official under France's Charles VII and Louis XI. The woman and dog appear to be simply pictorial brackets for the coat of arms, and not a part of them.  This book is by far the best thing known about de Varies.  

Object information from the Getty:
Jean Fouquet (French, born about 1415 - 1420, died before 1481)
Coat of Arms Held by a Woman and a Greyhound, 1455, Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 11.4 × 8.3 cm (4 1/2 × 3 1/4 in.)
Partial gift of Gerald F. Borrmann

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