Jean Fouquet

A Renaissance Artist

Jean Fouquet's Biography

Jean Fouquet's Birthday, Death Date, and Nationality

He was born in about 1420, in Tours France and died 1480 also in Tours France. Nobody knows the exact date of his birth or his death. He was a French citizen his entire life.

Where did he live?

He was born in Tours France to a priest and an unmarried woman, before going to Paris for some early artistic training. He visited Rome when he was younger before returning back to France, more specifically, Tours. Therefore he spent most of his life in Tours.

How did he live?

Jean lived a life that involved any different paintings, including quite a few portraits. These portraits including King Charles VI and the Roman pope Eugenius. He had multiple patrons, King Charles VI and King Louis XI. Both of people had memorable moment regrading Jean. When King Charles died Jean was commissioned to create his tomb and King Louis made him the official court painter in 1474-not long before he died. He opened up a workshop in Tours before he died where he received the first commissions for King Charles VI and Pope Eugenius portraits and where King Louis first saw him.

Jean's Art Style

He was a painter.

Three of Jean's Works

The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful Against the Demons

This piece was created in 1452-1460 by Jean Fouquet and is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Why is this piece important?

This piece shows the ism of perspectivism, something new to the age. Also the detail in it is extraordinary, demonstrating naturalism. While this piece didn't have anything new just to it, it still demonstrated some new techniques that were very different in the day.

Why do I find this piece interesting?

I find this piece interesting because it demonstrates what people were afraid of at the time, God become mad at them. It shows that the people in the front are scared, giving us a glimpse into just how big religion was for them and how scared they were of afterlife and getting into heaven and staying out of hell. Being a Christian myself it is an interesting topic because I don't worry day and night abut whether I will get into heaven or hell bur for them this demonstrates just how important it was, and how it consumes their waking moment.

What Isims or Ideas are used in this piece?

There are many different isms used in this painting, two of the main ones are naturalism and perspective. Naturalisim is demonstrated through all of the the detail in people clothing and the emotions the people are feeling as they watch God's wrath, they are scared. Also the people are not in perfect form and shape, they have flaws. Perspective is demonstrated because the background where the people are looking is all perspective. The town is smaller so it looks farther away and the mountains are even smaller looking them look even farther away. It also has the focal point of the castle or cathedral (i don't which it is, it might be the Notre Dame, but it could be the kings palace.)

Perspectivism-the background behind the people look father away then the people-the focal point is the cathedral or castle

Work Cited

Jean Fouquet

Charles VII

3rd quarter 15th Century

Musée du Louvre
ARTstor: UCSD:_9106

"Jean Fouquet." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.

"Jean Fouquet." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.

Jean Fouquet
Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim, ca 1452
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp
Artstor: UCSD_0030167

Jean Fouquet,


Jean Fouquet

Self-portrait medallion

c. 1450

Louvre (Paris, France) (OA 56)

Jean Fouquet,

The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful against the Demons, ca 1452-1460
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, United States, New York
ARTstor: UCSD_259

by: Katie lewis