The Enchanted Garden from Le Dit du Lion

The Enchanted Garden from Le Dit du Lion

Poet Guillaume de Machaut

Date 1350-55

Movement Late Gothic

Medium Ink, tempera and gold leaf on vellum

Dimensions 11.8 x 8.25″

 

Guillame de Machaut personally oversaw the manuscript illumination for this poem of his. The pale and dark greens of the forestry combine with the dark brown tones of the animals, creating a beautiful space from which the brilliant creme and pale blue flowers can spring, while a vibrant blue stream passes in the foreground. The sky has been treated with flora patterns, which extend from the frame as well.