Art: Images of Paradise

One of the lessons of history is that art is a better preservative than Formalin, and sweeter smelling, too. Even if the patron is an outright criminal while alive, he seems, after he dies, to take on the noble and decorative character of the works of art that he bought.

One of the most notable examples was a prodigiously wealthy, vain and talented son of a French king, Jean, the Duke of Berry. Jean de Berry was born in 1340, and his patronage of artists changed the whole pattern of late medieval painting. "No patron...

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