Jean Bourdichon, Tours, c. 1505–1510
Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, M. 90–93
The family, gathered around the father who is quasi-enthroned here, may look bourgeois to some. However, one should resist the temptation of interpreting the splendid robes and the well-mannered family as members of the same social class depicted in the workshop of the joiner. The picture probably intends to show a nobleman and his family. The subtle colouring, the gold and the undisturbed dignity of the family of four betrays a noble father and mother with their proud offspring; even Louis XII reigning at the time the picture was painted, and his queen Anne of Brittany, are rarely depicted in a different setting.