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 Antoine Caron  (1520 - 1598)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: painting-religious and royal subjects, stained glass, etcher

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Born in Beauvais, France, Antoine Caron became a court painter beginning 1575 to Henry III and Henry IV as well as a master stain glassmaker and designer for churches; illustrator, including for Metamorphoses by Ovid; and engraver for the Book of Philostrate from the workshop of Denis de Mathoniere.

Many works by Antoine Caron have been lost, but "about a dozen were rediscovered in the twentieth century."  His style was precise and classically realistic with "much grace, elegance of form, and rhythmic movement.

His career began with religious paintings for churches and with stain-glass window designs.  He spent ten years, 1540 to 1550, working at Fountainbleau Palace, and as a result of his work being judged of high quality, was selected in 1561 to do the decorations for the 'royal arrival' of Charles IX.  In 1575, working with the sculptor, Pilon, he organized the ceremonial decorations for the election of the Duke of Anjou as King of Poland.

In addition, Caron is credited with three pastel equestrian portraits depicting the royal family, and these paintings are now in the collection of the Musée de Chantilly.  For Catherine de Medici, he also did a series of drawings celebrating the reign of Henry II, and administrators of Gobelin's workshop used these designs for tapestries.


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