On the Transmission of Artistic Patterns in Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination
Edited By Joris Corin Heyder and Christine Seidel
O sainct Gond tu as merité : le cas d’un saint oublié: Katja Monier
O sainct Gond tu as merité : le cas d’un saint oublié1
The Master of Spencer 6 painted an image of St Gond, a saint venerated in Champagne against the plague, in a book of hours destined for use in the diocese of Troyes. Although a small number of depictions of the saint survive, in sculpture and stained glass from the early sixteenth century, this manuscript illumination from around 1500 appears to be the earliest surviving representation of the saint. The illuminator was required to invent the image without a pre-existing model. A prayer in French verse accompanies the image, apparently also unique. These surviving works provide not only essential historical evidence of late medieval society, but also offer a point of departure for an examination of an illuminator’s re-interpretation of traditional artistic patterns and creation of new images, in order to keep abreast of patrons’ enthusiasms and tastes, and evolving saints’ cults.
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