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Corneille de Lyon

 (1500 - 1575)
Corneille de Lyon was active/lived in France.  Corneille de Lyon is known for painting.

Corneille de Lyon

Biography from Christie's London, King Street

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.

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About  Corneille de Lyon

Born:  1500 - The Hague
Died:   1575 - Lyons
Known for:  painting