Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Madonna and Child

Folio 191v

Toward the end of the manuscript, Jean Colombe's talent seems to grow. This illustration at the head of the Office of the Holy Virgin is one of his best and most enjoyable miniatures.
Standing against a typically French architectural background, Mary throws a side-long glance through half-closed eyes at the Infant in her arms who grasps her bodice, perhaps in an attempt to undo it.
She wears a crown, and her bright blonde hair falls onto her blue mantle. Her high-arched brow is in the fashion of the time.

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