ATTRIBUÉ À ANTOINE LE MOITURIER (Avignon, 1425 Paris, vers 1498)
CHILD OF CHOIRS CANDLE HOLDER
Burgundy, circa 1470
limestone H. 48 cm
- Gilles Bresset
- Véronique Boucherat, Jean de la Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier, imagiers de Philippe le Bon: l'exemplarité d'un dossier opaque, Annales d'Histoire de l'Art et d'Archéologie de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles, 34, 2012
Student and nephew of Jacques Morel, Antoine le Moiturier trained with him in Avignon between 1441 and 1445. From 1462 he worked in Burgundy for Duke Philippe le Bon.
Between 1466 and 1469 he completed the tomb of John the Fearless, begun by Jean de la Huerta.
The altar boy is presented at the foot of the tomb, with his head slightly tilted to his right, and is dressed in an ample dress with a high collar, decorated with black waxwork motifs on a golden background. The toes of his bare left foot appear at the bottom of the robe. He is holding a large hexagonal light in both hands.
This altar boy, probably part of a funerary ensemble, is one of a group of sculptures long attributed to Jean de la Huerta; recent studies have returned a number of these sculptures to the Avignon master.
A comparison with the face of the virgin in the church of Pesmes (Haute-Saône) (fig. 1) rendered to Antoine le Moiturier reveals certain characteristic features. In addition to the hair with waves ending in hooks, the shape of the very particular mouth is quite comparable, as well as the fingers with marked nails and knuckles. One still finds a heavy drape with thick, deep folds.
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