Antoine Caron : Drawing for Catherine de MediciRegular price $22.00
'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
A richly illustrated book dedicated to the graphic oeuvre of Antoine Caron
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
'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, as the catalogue informs us, organised by the last Valois kings of France. And if Caron's visual record of these royal jamborees is even half grounded in fact, then, my goodness, their scope, ambition, and exorbitant cost must have beggared belief' - The Telegraph
'Caron's drawings ... take you to the heart of this ornate culture' - The Guardian
'For an insight into image-making and legacy-building--made all the more interesting by the fact their architect was a 16th-century matriarch--look no further' - Vanity Fair
'Showcases the way in which Catherine promoted herself and her dynasty through lavish courtly events' - Apollo