Anastaise (fl. 1400)

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Anastaise (fl. 1400)

French manuscript illuminator. Flourished in Paris around 1400.

Anastaise worked as a professional illuminator of manuscripts in 15th-century Paris. Although few details about her life are known, her fame as an artist is documented in a book by her internationally known contemporary, the poet and author Christine de Pizan . Pizan's Book of the City of Ladies mentions Anastaise as an example of a talented female artist. Anastaise was reportedly one of the most sought-after manuscript illuminators in Paris, specializing in painting borders and flowers.


Christine de Pizan. The Book of the City of Ladies. Translated by Earl Jeffrey Richards. NY: Persea Books, 1982.

Laura York , Anza, California

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