The Hours of Isabella Stuart

The Rohan Master


The Rohan Master, who was probably trained by the Giac Master, may have worked as both a panel painter and an illuminator.

He is named after a Book of Hours that belonged to the Rohan family of Brittany (Paris, BnF, MS lat. 9471). Active c. 1420-1440, he was one of the last and most individualistic proponents of the International Gothic style in 15th-century France. He contributed six large miniatures to the Hours of Isabella Stuart. They show his tall, sinuous figures with expressive faces and elongated limbs. They also reveal his idiosyncratic drawing style, with strings of loops indicating drapery folds.