Fouquet, Jean

Fouquet or Foucquet, Jean or Jehan all: zhN fo?ok? [key], c.1420?c.1480, French painter and illuminator. He was summoned to Rome in the 1440s to paint the portrait (now lost) of Pope Eugenius IV. His work subsequently revealed the influence of contemporary Italian artists, particularly of Fra Angelico. Fouquet's style is marked by a delicacy of line combined with an amplitude of volume in his portrayal of the human figure. He was court painter to Charles VII and Louis XI and a protg of Agns Sorel and tienne Chevalier, treasurer to Charles VII. His best-known paintings include a diptych, one wing of which represents Agns Sorel as the Virgin (Antwerp) and the other a kneeling figure of tienne Chevalier, and his portraits of Charles VII and of the chancellor Guillaume Juvnal (both: Louvre). He is also famous for his illuminations in the Book of Hours for Chevalier (Chantilly) and those for the French translations of Boccaccio and of Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews (Bibliothque nationale).

See studies by T. Cox (1931) and P. Wescher (tr. 1949).

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