Jean Le Tavernier : A Reassessment of his Biography and his Work in the Light of an Unpublished Book of Hours
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Archival research by Erik Verroken has shown.that the illuminator Jean Le Tavernier from Oudenaarde could not be identified with his namesake documented in Tournai as early as 143.4. Probably being the son of the illuminator Jakob de Tavernier (1428-1454), he was rather a painter of a younger generation who was nevertheless influenced by the art of Robert Campin. According to these new data, Le Tavernier was active in Oudenaatde from about 1449 to his death in 1462. A little-known book of hours from the British Library in London (Add. ms. 19416) is illustrated with miniatures that may belong to Le Tavernier’s early work. These illuminations in colour are important for the reassessment of an artist celebrated above all for his exceptional grisailles. The historiated miniatures of this manuscript made for a wealthy patron from the ‘Land of Aalst’ foreshadow the magisterial books painted for the duke of Burgundy. Moreover borders painted in the style of the Masters of Guillebert de Mets provide a precious link between two styles developed in the wake of the Campinesque tradition, between Tournai and Ghent. At the beginning of the 16th century, the manuscript was owned by Charles Le Clerc ($1533), president of the Chamber of Accounts in Lille, an important power broker at Maximilian of Austria’s court, who became Charles v’s chamberlain. Like his brother Robert, abbot of Ter Duinen, Charles owned a respectable collection of illuminated manuscripts.(Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts)
Dominique Vanwijnsberghe & Erik Verroken, "Jean Le Tavernier: a reassessment of his biography and his work in the light of an unpublished Book of Hours", in : New Perspectives on Flemish Illumination (Louvain, 2018): pp. 26-43.