This prayer book was commissioned by Anne de Bretagne, wife of two successive kings of France, Charles VIII and Louis XII, to teach her son, the dauphin Charles-Orland (1492–1495), his catechism. It was painted in Tours by Jean Poyer, an artist documented as working for the queen. The book is richly illustrated, and its thirty-four airy, light-flooded miniatures are among the most delicate examples of late-fifteenth-century art.
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Anne de Bretagne at Confession
Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne
Illuminated by Jean Poyer
France, Tours, ca. 1492–95
126 x 80 mm
The Pierpont Morgan Library, Purchased in 1905; MS M.50 (fol. 10v)