René D'anjou and de Lorraine (Duc) or Regnier or Renatus
French, 15th century, male.
Born 16 January 1409, in Angers; died 10 July 1480, in Aix-en-Provence.
This legendary and multi-talented prince was an outstanding patron of the arts, and encouraged a host of artists by retaining them in his service. His passion for the arts has fascinated modern critics. A first example of his own work is to be found in Dijon, where he painted the coat of arms of the Bar family dynasty in the tower that bears their name (and where he himself was imprisoned on the orders of Philippe of Burgundy). He went on to paint a self-portrait for the ducal chapel (...