Antoine Caron : Drawing for Catherine de Medici - the exhibition catalogue from The Courtauld available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Antoine Caron : Drawing for Catherine de Medici

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'Caron’s charming drawings teem with incident and detail, as well as flashes of wit, hurling us headlong into the astonishing world of the Valois “Magnificences”  – festivals, ceremonies and sporting events' - Telegraph

Antoine Caron at The Courtauld

This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, which is the first dedicated to the graphic oeuvre of Antoine Caron (1521-1599). Bringing together a core group of drawings centred around the figures and deeds of the French Royal family, the Valois, this display highlights the role played by Catherine de' Medici (1519-1589). Featuring the Valois series, a set of drawings here reunited for the first time, the display showcases the way in which the powerful and influential Catherine promoted the success of her regency and future of her progeny by delivering a series of lavish courtly events that were meant to enhance the power and diplomacy of her family.

The drawings represent jousts, tournaments, festivals and a mock naval battle, events that occurred at the French court during the reigns of Catherine's sons Charles IX and Henri III. Preparatory designs for a group of tapestries, these visual documents relate to actual events that were organised by the court, some of which took place at the French castles of Anet, Palace of Fontainebleau, Bayonne and at the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Minutely designed, they thus allow a reconstruction of the visual testimony of those events, as they were documented in written contemporary sources.

  • Author: Dominique Cordellier
  • Paperback: 80 pages | 40 colour illustrations
  • Date published: January 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911300380
  • Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 20.9 cm