This sumptuous catalogue 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. Exciting 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 and the development of the influential art
market in Paris and patronage in the Loire Valley.