Leaves from Laurent d’Orléans, La Somme le roi
Master Honoré d’Amiens
Surviving records relating to Master Honoré’s life and work date from 1289 to 1312. By at least 1296, he was working for the French royal family. Elegantly poised, Master Honoré’s figures, painted in vivid colours, are both animated and gracefully restrained. Modelled with extreme delicacy, the faces and draperies convey a new sense of volume and plasticity. Master Honoré’s works demonstrate a fully developed style of three-dimensional modelling in Northern European illumination that precedes examples in Italian painting.