Corneille de Lyon
(1500 - 1575)
Corneille de Lyon was active/lived in France. Corneille de Lyon is known for painting.
Born in The Hague around the turn of the century, Corneille de Lyon is
documented in the city whose name has since become his own from 1533
until his death in 1575. Like his predecessor Jean Perréal (c.
1460-1530), portraitist to Charles VIII and Louis XII and the most
prominent member of the Lyon artist’s guild, Corneille specialized in
intimately-sized bust-length portraits painted in just a few sittings,
often without preparatory drawings.
The artist set his elegant sitters
against uniform backgrounds, blue or green in color, the latter being
the most common and ranging from vibrant lime to more subdued olive.
Images of great presence and immediacy, these works became extremely
popular among Lyon’s patrician elite and members of the royal family who
traveled through that city, including Catherine de’ Medici and her
husband, the Dauphin Henri (later Henri II), by whom Corneille would be
appointed Peintre du Roi in 1548.