French Art: The Renaissance, 1430-1620

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Flammarion, 1995 - Art - 336 pages
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The first volume opens with the artifacts left behind by the earliest inhabitants of the area that forms modern France - prehistoric cave dwellers, Celts, Gallo-Romans, and Merovingians - which are examined in Part I, along with the stunning artistic achievements of Charlemagne and his Carolingian successors. Part II explores the development of monumental Romanesque and Gothic sculpture and architecture, as well as the growing importance of manuscript illumination, ivory carving, and precious metalwork. The late Gothic period is the subject of the last section, which concludes with the highly refined and stylized courtly art of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries - the final and perfect flowering of the medieval world.

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Perhaps because it was not in the vanguard of European art during the Renaissance, French art of this period has not garnered much appreciation or consideration outside of France. This translation of ... Read full review


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