MASTER OF YVON DU FOU
Tempera and liquid gold on parchment, c. 100 x 155 mm.
France, Poitiers, c. 1480
A CHARMING MINIATURE BEARING THE HALLMARKS OF AN ARTIST FROM POITIERS
Illustrating the hour of Prime from the Hours of the Cross, this miniature of the Ascension of Christ bears all the hallmarks of the style of the Master of Yvon du Fou. Taking his name from Yvon du Fou, who was the “Master of the Forests” under King Louis XI and worked in Poitiers in the center of France, this artist displays a very idiosyncratic style. His figures are full and plump, often with rustic features, and they are delineated in broad outlines. Typical is his palette of lemon-yellow, blue, and a sort of ochre.