|The Melun Diptych, 1450-54, Jean Fouquet|
|Jean Fouquet Self-portrait, 1452-55,|
said to be the first signed artist's
self-portrait in history.
|Charles VII of France, 1450, |
|King Charles VII, 1445-50, Jean Fouquet|
|Portrait of Agnes Sorel, ca. 1450, |
The wife of the king's treasurer, Étienne Chevalier, died. The wealthy government official commissioned Fouquet to create a diptych (two panels) to be placed over her tomb in the Melun Cathedral. Fouquet painted the Melun Diptych (top). The left panel depicts Etienne Chevalier and his patron saint, St. Stephen, in a surprisingly natural, Italian-style setting (though the perspective is a bit inept). The right panel (below) is a different matter.
|The Virgin and Infant, 1450-54, Melun Diptych (right panel), Jean Fouquet.|
|The Crucifixion, 1460, Jean Fouquet|
|God Introducing Adam and Eve, |
1470, Jean Fouquet
|The Building of the Temple in Jerusalem, 1470, Jean Fouquet.|
(Is that Quasimodo in the bell tower? No, probably not.)