Bertrandon de la Broquière's return from his mission to the Levant, offering a translation of the Koran to Philip the Good (July 1433). Links to marvelous online exhibition from the BN. " Miniatures flamandes". From Bertrandon de la Broquière, Voyage en la terre d’Outremer, illumination by Jean Le Tavernier, Audenarde, après 1455. Owned by Philippe le Bon Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Mss, fr. 9087, f. 152 v.
Philip "the Good" of Burgundy, who assembled the Burgundian Netherlands through marriage, purchases and military victories. Note the ring on his right index finger. One very much like it shows up on the Lawyer's hand in Marinus's "The Lawyer's Office"
Jan van Eyck, c.1432. Ghent Altarpiece. Opened view of the polyptych. Commissioned by the wealthy merchant and financier Joost Vijdt for his and his wife's private chapel, it was begun by Hubert van Eyck, who died in 1426, and completed by his younger brother Jan van Eyck. The altarpiece shows a transition in art from the Classical tradition to an exacting observation of nature. The altarpiece consists of a total of 24 compartmented scenes, which make up two views, open and closed,
Philip the Good of Burgundy arranged his palaces on the French plan: here he receives a book while seated on a throne under a cloth of estate in the "chambre à parer" or "chamber parement": the central, most formal & public space. Access is by a monumental staircase, the "grande vis." Within lies an inner room with a bed, the French "chambre du roi." Miniature attrib. to Loyset Liedet, by 1472, in David Aubert's Histoire de Charles Martel. Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, ms. 6, fol. 9