The Roman de la Rose by Jean Semont

June 1, 2021

This exhibition features a single illuminated manuscript, the Roman de la Rose, a splendid, grand copy of a seminal text of French literature.  In an anonymous age before artists signed their works, it is always remarkable to know the name of a painter—to be able to tell their story.  Such is the case with this manuscript of the Rose.  It was illuminated by Jean Semont, the first manuscript painter documented by name in the artistic center that produced some of the most important early Flemish panel paintings. 

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