Flood: Four bi-folios from a book of hours by the workshop of the Boucicaut Master
The Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, owns four illuminated bi-folios from a book of hours produced in the early fifteenth-century century at the workshop of the Parisian illuminator known as the Boucicaut Master. The bi-folios have been badly damaged by water and the illuminations subsequently over-painted as part of a nineteenth-century restoration.
Christopher de Hamel notes the similarity between this inscription and one found on the Bodleian manuscript Douce 144, also credited to the workshop of the Boucicaut Master. (3)
The art of the Boucicaut Master represents a transition between earlier artistic traditions of the Middle Ages and new ideas about picture making that blossomed during the Renaissance.
The Boucicaut Master began this book with a colorful and detailed illustration of the story of Adam and Eve.
The Boucicaut Master carefully posed each figure and gave them telling gestures that dramatize the story.
Viewing the Boucicaut Master's page as a whole reveals how the artist saw the story of Adam and Eve as the culminating scene in the larger story of the creation of the world, which included the creation of Adam and Eve.
The Boucicaut Master is known for his ability to tell a story through gesture and posture.
The National Gallery of Art's Web site also includes full-screen images of such works at: www.nga.gov/search/search.html type in "Adam and Eve" in the Key Words in Title box.) Have students compare the Boucicaut Master's picture with them.