Portrait of Alain de Coëtivy (1407–1474)

Jean Fouquet French

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An outstanding and rare survival of a fifteenth-century French work on paper, this drawing is the work of painter and illuminator Jean Fouquet, whose home city of Tours was the preferred residence of the French royal court. It is inscribed, "a Roman legate of our Holy Father in France." Recent scholarship by Claudia Märtel has plausibly proposed the subject as Alain (IV) de Coëtivy (1407–1474), Cardinal of Saint Praxedes in Rome from 1448. He acted as papal legate of Callixtus III to France from 1451–53 and from 1454–55.


Portrait of Alain de Coëtivy (1407–1474), Jean Fouquet (French, Tours ca. 1425–ca. 1478 Tours), Metalpoint, black chalk on white prepared paper

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