Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France

Edited by Martha Wolff
208 pages
180 color illustrations
12 x 9 inches

This sumptuous catalog provides an overview of French art circa 1500, a dynamic transitional period when the country, resurgent after the dislocations of the Hundred Years' War, invaded Italy and all media flourished. What followed was the emergence of a unique art: the fusion of the Italian Renaissance with northern European Gothic styles. Outstanding examples of exquisite and revolutionary works are featured, including paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, tapestries, and metalwork. New research brings to life court artists Jean Fouquet, Jean Bourdichon, Michel Colombe, Jean Poyer, and Jean Hey (the Master of Moulins), all of whose creations were used by kings and queens to assert power and prestige. Also detailed are the organization of workshops, the development of the influential art market in Paris, and patronage in the Loire Valley.