Jean Corbechon, Livre des propriétés des choses

Amadeus VIII, Count of Savoy


Amadeus VIII, Count of Savoy (1383-1451) was the grandnephew of Charles V of France (1338-1380) and grandson of Jean de Berry (1340-1416) who is depicted on fol. 13r. Amadeus VIII’s emblem was the lily, which is featured in various miniatures throughout the manuscript.

Holding aloft a gold armillary sphere, a master gives a lecture on astronomy to four scholars. The chequered background is patterned with stalks of white lilies, emblems of the patron, Amadeus VIII of Savoy.