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  • Record Number: 3521
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Golden , Judith K.
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  • Title: Images of Instruction, Marie de Bretagne, and the Life of St. Eustace as Illustrated in British Library Ms. Egerton 745 [The author argues that Egerton 745 was commissioned by Marie de Bretagne, daughter of a duke of Brittany and granddaughter of a king and queen of England (hence the saints' lives included for two Breton saints and Edward the Confessor). She had the manuscript prepared for her son, choosing to emphasize role models, especially Saint Eustace, who were good husbands, fathers, and Christians. The Appendix lists and describes twenty-two works of art that represent the cycle of St. Eustace's life. Also included is a table that charts the various episodes represented in the twenty-two art works. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Insights and Interpretations: Studies in Celebrations of the Eighty-Fifth Anniversary of the Index of Christian Art.  Edited by Colum Hourihane.  Index of Christian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 2002.  Pages 60 - 84.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Education Eustace, Martyr, Saint in Art Fathers in Art Hagiography Illumination of Manuscripts Manuscripts- Commission of Marie de Bretagne, Wife of Gui IV de Chatillon, Count of St. Pol Mothers Noble Women Patronage, Artistic
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 14
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript Illumination; London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745. Made in Paris, first quarter of the fourteenth century. The life of St. Eustace is preceded by nine full-page miniatures. The manuscript is remarkable for the size of the illustrations and for the number of scenes
  • Illustrations: Ten figures. Figure One Baptism of Eustace and his family (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 1r). Figure Two Eustace in the stream with both his sons being carried off by wild animals (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 2r). Figure Three Eustace in the field with envoys from Trajan (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 3v). Figure Four Eustace before Trajan (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 4r). Figure Five Battle Scene (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 5v). Figure Six Reunion of the sons with the mother overhearing (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 6r). Figure Seven Reunion of Eustace with his family (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 7v). Figure Eight Eustace and his family thrown into the lion's den (London, British Library, Ms. Egerton 745, fol. 8v). Figure Nine Eustace and his family in the brazen bull (London, British Library, Ms. Egeron 745 fol. 9r). Figure Ten Eustace cycle, stained-glass window, north aisle (Chartres Cathedral).
  • Table: One Table. Episodes in twenty-two illustrated cycles of the life of Saint Eustace.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Index of Christian Art.
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0691099901
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