The Presentation of a manuscript to a patron, large miniature from an illuminated manuscript of Cicero, De Senectute, in the French translation of Laurent de Premierfait, on vellum [Central France (perhaps Nantes or Tours), third quarter of the fifteenth century]
This cutting, with a subject entirely secular in content, is from a large manuscript of the works of Cicero, translated into French by the poet and humanist Laurent de Premierfait (c. 1380–1418) in 1406. It most probably shows the presentation of the parent volume to the commissioning patron.
The artist is a follower of Jean Fouquet (1420-81), the preeminent French painter of the fifteenth century and peintre du roy to King Louis XI. He worked in both manuscript art and panel painting, and brought many of the fundamental aspects of Italian Renaissance art to the French court of Charles VII (then resident at Tours). This manuscript, with its miniatures in the style prevalent at court in the second half of the fifteenth century, may well have been commissioned by a member of the royal circle.