© Bibliothèque nationale de France. Département des manuscrits, fr 5091 f. 22 v

Louis XII entering into Genoa, illumination by Jean Bourdichon, circa 1508

On 12 April 1507, after a blitz siege, Louis XII entered Genoa. The conquest was related by Jean Marot, the king’s poet. It is the subject of a manuscript for Anne of Brittany, the king's wife. Eleven full-page paintings are attributed to Jean Bourdichon, the king’s official painter. The king’s triumphal entry was made on horseback, under a dais carried by four men. The splendidly decorated horse accentuated the ruler’s prestige.