Title :

The goldsmith and the peacocks : Jean de le Mote in the household of Simon de Lille, 1340

Authors :
ROUSE, Mary A. ; ROUSE, Richard H. ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Simon de Lille was perhaps the most prominent Parisian goldsmith of his day, serving the crown and the upper nobility of France during the first half of the 14th c. Among other things, he fashioned for the king the reliquary that housed the head of S. Martin of Tours, an extravagant and politically significant object about which much can be known. In 1340, this wealthy craftsman brought into his Paris home the poet Jean de le Mote, borrowed in wartime from the English court. And he commissioned Jean to compose there Li parfait du paon, an addition to the Peacock cycle of the Old French Alexander romances. Simon chose the poet, the timing, and the subject-matter. The present article looks at his motives, investigating a network of causal connections among manuscript illumination, orfevrerie, and poetic composition. In the process, it also explains Simon's purpose in commissioning simultaneously from the same poet, the allegorical Voie d'enfer et de paradis. ;
Pagination/Size :
281-303; 4 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Art de cour ; Chef-reliquaire ; France ; Jean de La Mote, act.1325-1342 ; Lille, Simon de, act.1305, m.1348 ; Martin, saint, évêque de Tours, v.316-397 ; Mécénat ; Orfèvrerie ; Poésie ; Reliquaire ; 1300-1400 ;
Descriptors :
Court art ; France ; Goldsmithing ; Head reliquaries ; Jean de La Mote, act.1325-1342 ; Lille, Simon de, act.1305, d.1348 ; Martin, S., bishop of Tours, ca.316-397 ; Patronage ; Poetry ; Reliquaries ; 1300-1400 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Viator (Berkeley), 1997, 28
INIST identifier :
24993076 ;
ISSN 0083-5897 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
University of California Press, Berkeley, CA
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