Jean Fouquet by Allie Fargo

Jean Fouquet was born in 1420 in Tours, France and died in 1480 in Tours, France. He spent most of his life in Tours, France. Fouquet trained as an artist and a manuscript illuminator, meaning he decorated handmade books with gold, silver, elaborate designs, and miniature drawings. Fouquet was appointed painter to the French king, Charles VII and commissioned to paint the pope Eugenius IV's portrait. He became an influential artist. Fouquet painted and illuminated books. He painted a portrait of Etienne Chevalier, a leather effigy of the king for his funeral, and the Nouans Pieta. Charles VII, Etienne Chevalier, and Jouvenel des Ursins commissioned Fouquet and were his patrons.

The title of the piece is Grandes Chroniques de France: ms. fr. 6465, fol. 301v: Homage of Edward I to Philip IV. This piece was created in the 15 century and is in the national library of France.

This piece is of king Philip IV of France and king Edward I of England. Fouquet used depth, dimension, and a single vanishing point, Perspectivism, as techniques that are new in the renaissance.

This illuminated manuscript is full of bright colors that draw the eye. The colors and symbols on the king's clothes show that this is from the English to the French, Edward I to Philip IV. This piece is full of emotion in the people’s faces; they all are watching the interaction between the kings. It definitely shows that it was painted in the renaissance because it has perspectivism, secularism, and humanism in it. The secularism in the piece is because there is nothing religious in it; it is about kings and an event. The humanism in it is because the people have emotions and the kings are interacting with each other. It has perspectivism because it is three dimensional and has a single vanishing point.

I find the colors in this painting really bright and fun. It caught my eye and I feel as though I have seen this piece before.

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