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THE MAZARINE MASTER
The Mazarine Master, active in Paris during the first two decades of the 15th century, has been defined by Gabrielle Bartz as a distinct personality responsible for some of the most striking works previously attributed to the Boucicaut Master, among them the Book of Hours in the Bibliothèque Mazarine, ms 469, from which he takes his name (see E. Taburet-Delahaye and F. Avril, Paris 1400, 2004, esp, pp.280-287). The two masters had a decisive influence on French illumination at one of its most resplendent periods, particularly through their interest in depicting three-dimensional space, and worked for the greatest collectors of the age, like the Duke of Berry. Stylistically close to the Boucicaut Master, the Mazarine Master is distinguished by his greater liking for pattern, seen in the variety of his gilded backgrounds, by his softer modelling of draperies and by his more elegant, graceful figures.