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Art and architecture in France, 1500-1700

Author: Anthony Blunt; Richard Beresford
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1999.
Series: Yale University Press Pelican history of art.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 5th ed.View all editions and formats
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The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in France were an epoch of spectacular artistic activity, exemplified by the châteaux of the Loire valley, the palace of Versailles, the paintings of Poussin and Claude, and the sculpture of Coysevox, which echo the political and cultural importance of France and the "Sun King". Anthony Blunt presents major artists and their principal works chronologically, provides an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Blunt; Richard Beresford
ISBN: 0300077351 9780300077353 0300077483 9780300077483
OCLC Number: 39116677
Description: xi, 319 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm.
Contents: Preface to the fourth edition / Anthony Blunt --
Preface to the fifth (posthumous) edition / Richard Beresford --
1. From the Invasion of Italy to the Battle of Pavia 1494-1525 --
2. The Middle Years of Francis I 1525-1540 --
3. The Classical Period of the Sixteenth Century 1540-1565 --
4. The Wars of Religion 1560-1598 --
5. Henry IV and the Regency of Marie de' Medici 1598-1630 --
6. Richelieu and Mazarin 1630-1661 --
7. Louis XIV and Colbert 1660-1685 --
8. The Decline of Louis XIV 1685-1705.
Series Title: Yale University Press Pelican history of art.
Responsibility: Anthony Blunt.

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The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in France were an epoch of spectacular artistic activity, exemplified by the châteaux of the Loire valley, the palace of Versailles, the paintings of Poussin and Claude, and the sculpture of Coysevox, which echo the political and cultural importance of France and the "Sun King". Anthony Blunt presents major artists and their principal works chronologically, provides an overview of the main projects of the period and of the artistic personalities behind them, and clearly sets the historical context.

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by smurray (WorldCat user on 2006-02-23)

Maps Preface to the fourth edition Preface to the fifth (posthumous) edition 1 From the Invasion of Italy to the Battle of Pavia 1494-1525 1 Historical background 1 Architecture - The introduction of Renaissance motifs from Northern Italy: The first chateaux of Francis I 2 Sculpture - Guido Mazzoni, the Giusti, Michel Colombe 16 Painting - Bourdichon, Perreal 22 2 The Middle Years of Francis I 1525-1540 25 Historical background 25 Architecture - The chateaux built for Francis I in the Ile-de-France: Madrid, Fontainebleau, etc. 26 Decorative sculpture and painting - Rosso and the early work of Primaticcio 32 Portrait painting - Jean Clouet 37 3 The Classical Period of the Sixteenth Century 1540-1565 40 Historical background 40 Architecture - Serlio, Lescot, Philibert de l'Orme, Primaticcio 40 Painting and engraving - Primaticcio, Nicolo dell'Abate, Francois Clouet, Jean Duvet 64 Sculpture - Goujon, Bontemps, Domenico del Barbiere 77 4 The Wars of Religion 1560-1598 84 Historical background 84 Architecture - Bullant, Jacques Androuet du Cerceau the Elder 85 Sculpture - Germain Pilon 94 Painting - Antoine Caron, Jean Cousin the Younger, and the portrait painters 98 5 Henry IV and the Regency of Marie de' Medici 1598-1630 102 Historical background 102 Architecture - The King's works, Le Muet, Salomon de Brosse 103 Painting and sculpture - The Second School of Fontainebleau - The Mannerists of Nancy: Bellange and Callot - Late Mannerism in Paris - Vignon - Biard 116 6 Richelieu and Mazarin 1630-1661 127 Historical background 127 Architecture - Lemercier, Francois Mansart, the early work of Le Vau 128 Painting - Simon Vouet 155 The minor painters of the 1630s and 1640s 159 Philippe de Champaigne and Flemish influence 163 The Caravaggesques 168 The Le Nains 173 Nicolas Poussin 179 Landscape painting: Claude Lorraine and Faspar Dughet 196 The minor classical painter: Le Sueur and Bourdon 206 Sculpture - Sarazin, Francois and Michel Anguier 210 7 Louis XIV and Colbert 1660-1685 215 Historical Background 215 Architecture and interior decoration - The Louvre and Versailles - Le Vau, Bernini, Perrault, Hardouin-Mansart, Le Notre - Blondel and the Academy - L. Bruand - the Decorators 218 Painting and theory - Le Brun and the Academy - Mignard 231 Sculpture - Girardon and Coysevox 236 8 The Decline of Louis XIV 1685-1705 241 Historical Background 241 Architecture - The later work of Hardouin-Mansart - Bullet 243 Sculpture - Puget - The later work of Coysevox 251 Painting - La Fosse, Jouvenet, Antoine Coypel - The portrait painters: Francois de Troy, Largillierre, and Rigaud - Desportes 256 Postscript The transition to the Eighteenth century 274 Notes 275 Bibliography 300 Index 308 Photographic Credits 320

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