"Mon cueur veult estre en ceste Margueryte", illumination from the manuscript "Petit Livre d'Amour" di Pierre Sala, ms. Stowe MS 955, f. 6r, ca. 1500, British Library, London.


The Petit Livre d'Amour consists of a collection of poems composed by Pierre Sala, valet de chambre of Louis XII, for his mistress Marguerite Bullioud. This first illumination portrays the author himself in the act of "dropping" his heart in a marguerite daisy, a word-play on the name of his beloved; the face of Sala, however, was left unfinished by the artist.

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