Verve 5 - 6

Artist’s Name
1939, Paris
This double volume with title ‘’Human Nature” contains :
  • Colored paintings’ plates by Van Eyck, Cranach, Dürer, Pallajuolo, Baldovinetti, Corneille de Lyon,Clouet, Rubens, Marinus, Corot, Renoir, Bonnard, Derain.
  • Colored miniatures with gold : Saint - George (12th century), Failures of Love, Famous Ladies (Boccacius), and 12 Fouquet of Chantilly
  • Texts by Valéry, Gide, Giraudoux, Jarry, Alain, Rouault, Suarès, Vollard, Paulhan, Supervielle, Sartre, Michaux, Reverdy.

These anonymous miniatures are inspired from the Decameron of Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio (1348-1358). The famous ladies on the illustrations are from left to right: Eve, the First Woman; Isis, Queen of Egypt; Hera, Queen of Heaven; Thamyris, Queen of Scythia; Flora, Queen of Flowers; Marcia, the Eternal Maiden; Arakhne, Weaver of Kolophone; Orytheia and Antiope, Amazon Queens; Medusa, Daughter of Phorkys; Claudia, the Chaste Maiden; Paulina, the Roman Woman; Megulia, the Charismatic; Semiramis, Queen of Assyria; Arghia, Daughter of Adrastos; Ipponi, the Ancient Greek Woman; Leaina, the Hetaera; Poppaea, Nero’s Wife; a Roman Woman; Kassandra, Daughter of Priam; Helen, Wife of Menelaus; Dido, Queen of Carthage; Sofonisvi, Queen of Numidia; Zenovia, Queen of Palmyra; Gouldiandi, the Virgin of Florence. The originals are kept at the National Library, in Paris.

These illustrations are inspired from the Greek mythology and they depict Leda, Bacchus, Pan, Hera, Artemis, Hephaestus with Aphrodite, Ares, Pluto with Hades, and, finally, Hermes. The originals of these anonymous miniatures are kept at the National Library, in Paris.