Book Series Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History, vol. 59

Jean Pucelle

Innovation and Collaboration in Manuscript Painting

Kyunghee Pyun, Anna Russakoff (eds)

  • Pages: 218 p.
  • Size:220 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:40 b/w, 110 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2013

  • ISBN: 978-1-905375-46-2
  • Hardback
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This book focuses on the works and legacy of Jean Pucelle, a French 14th-century artist.


"(...) une belle publication qui a déjà un avantage considérable sur la monographie de 1962, celui d'offrir d'assez nombreuses reproductions en couleurs de bonne qualité." (Albert Châtelet, dans: L'art de l'enluminure, N° 49, juin-août 2014, p. 75)

"The volume under review here offers a rich assortment of new perspectives on one of the most discussed and admired artists of the Middle Ages. (...) Overall, this collection of essays reminds of the marvels of Pucelle’s manuscripts, the rich heritage of his work across the fourteenth century, and the complex questions about production that these books ask of scholars. The editors are to be complimented on bringing together such interesting articles. Just as importantly, the publisher should be lauded for the quality of the book. The generous number of color illustrations alone stands as an important resource for those interested in the manuscript art of the fourteenth century." (Gerald B. Guest, in: Manuscripta, 58.2 (2014), p. 291-296)

"It should be said at once that the editors have assembled a strong cast of contributors (...). (...) as always with the Harvey Miller imprint - the physical attractiveness of the volume does justice to its subject." (Julian Luxford, in: AMARC Newsletter, no. 64, May 2015, p. 26-27)


Jean Pucelle (fl. ca. 1319-d. 1334) was one of the most prominent artists of the first half of the fourteenth century, an influential illuminator who worked closely with a number of collaborators both known and anonymous. A large number of lavishly-illuminated manuscripts have been attributed to him based on stylistic analysis.

Scholarly essays in this book explore issues crucial to the establishment of his distinctinve style: originality, technique, color palette, influence, levels of resemblance, the relationships between artistic media, and patronage. The contributors to this volume analyze the major works associated with Pucelle or the Pucellian style, and interpret pictorial elements in the tradition of artistic collaboration. This is the first collective work devoted entirely to Jean Pucelle and his legacy.

With contributions by Barbara Drake Boehm, Pascale Charron, Marc Gil, Joan A. Holladay, Marguerite A. Keane, Mie Kuroiwa, Domenic Leo, Kyunghee Pyun, Anna D. Russakoff and Roger S. Wieck.

Kyunghee Pyun is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art at the State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Anna Russakoff is Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of Art History at the American University of Paris

Both editors received a Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.