Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

Great Hours of Anne of Brittany The vision of Saint Hubert, f. 191v

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The vision of Saint Hubert, f. 191v

The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany portrays the patron of hunters being cured of his profane passion by a vision that makes him decide to devote himself wholeheartedly to serving God. Previously Hubert had devoted all his time to sport and enjoying himself and had neglected his religious duties. Whilst hunting one Good Friday, the deer he was chasing suddenly stopped and a shining cross appeared between its antlers and startled the future saint. An angel descended from heaven and gave him a stole, the priestly vestment symbolising his new vocation.
The scene painted by Jean Bourdichon shows the future bishop of Liege in an elegant hunting outfit belonging to the times of Louis XII. Bourdichon has depicted the hunting dogs very accurately. In the background, his companion on horseback watches the scene and witnesses the miracle.

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