Under the aegis of discerning patrons such as Francis I, Henri II, and Catherine de’ Medici, France developed a rich artistic vocabulary dominated by elongated figures, inventive decorative motifs, and intriguing subject matter. The frequently ephemeral nature of artistic production during this period, along with losses engendered by time and events like the French Revolution, has meant that this is a period still flush with rewarding investigative possibilities.
The volume’s contributors explore different aspects of the extant material record and how it was shaped, at times by radical changes in the social and political climate, focusing particularly on works of art in American collections, thus helping to widen the scope of research carried out in France. Several authors provide exciting new attributions, bringing greater understanding to the careers of artists such as Baptiste Pellerin and the two Cousin, père et fils. The enduring appeal of French Renaissance aesthetics is also explored here, attesting to the visual vibrancy of this distinctive period in France’s history.
Yassana Croizat-Glazer is the founder of YCG Fine Art, and a columnist for A Women’s Thing. Prior to starting her company in 2017, she served as Assistant Curator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her Ph.D. in art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2007.
Sarah Harris Weiss holds degrees in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and law from New York University School of Law. She teaches at the Morgan Library and Museum.
Introduction — Carla Zecher Selected Bibliography of French Renaissance Work by Colin Eisler
1. ‘la roine d’escosse marie estamt petite’: François Clouet’s Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, as a Little Girl — Suzanne Boorsch 2. Beauty Secrets: The Art of Perfumery and Cosmetics in Renaissance France — Yassana Croizat-Glazer 3. New Light, New Thoughts on Baptiste Pellerin as a Draughtsman — George A. Wanklyn 4. Sixteenth–Century French Armour Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art — Stuart W. Pyhrr 5. Designs for Tombs in Sixteenth-Century France — Ian Wardropper 6. Death and Afterlife of the Late Valois Court Style in Sculpture — Mary L. Levkoff 7. A Consideration of the Influence of the French Renaissance on the Work of Clodion — Anne L. Poulet 8. An Early Enseigne of the Ordre de Saint-Michel Discovered — Colin Eisler
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