New PDF release: Art and Architecture in France, 1500 to 1700

By Anthony F. Blunt

The 16th and 17th centuries in France have been an epoch of unbelievable inventive job, exemplified through the chateaux of the Loire valley, the palace of Versailles, the work of Poussin and Claude, and the sculpture of Coysevox, which echo the political and cultural value of France and the "Sun King." Anthony Blunt provides significant artists and their crucial works chronologically, offers an outline of the most tasks of the interval and of the creative personalities in the back of them, and obviously units the old context.

This re-creation, of 1 of the classics of the Pelican heritage of artwork sequence, has been revised and up to date with colour illustrations and a brand new bibliography.

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Itself in fmancial those involved in to derive profit difficulties owing commerce were from them. In fields. to develop, bringing in- While the landed to the changes in the purchasing able to adapt themselves to these fluctuations addition, their position by the city for several centuries the basis of Paris and paying a found and even was greatly strengthened by the formal recognition of usury through the estabhshment in 1522 of loans guaranteed aristocracy power of money, rentes, that it to say, high rate of interest, which were to be of bourgeois investment.

Though it is was responsible in charge for the terra- of building operations, have maintained that he was the designer of the whole chateau. its For St Germain and La Muette How- general lay-out and elevation for this we know that the master mason was Chambiges from the begiiming of the work in 1539 tiU his death in 1544, when Guillaume Guillain and Jean Langeois took over, completing the work in 1 549. About Pierre ChaUuau we have no documents, but the name of Chambiges ibly connected is with it.

Part of Chenonceau square block w^ith a turret at each a plan which is repeats fifteenth-century more unusual in its models such on itself, L-shaped plan, but sets which a court, principal rooms, stretch wings, side filled is and one end of which rising in the the simplest, and consists of a through the middle (Figure MartainviUe. middle to altogether is more than more a 8), Itahan feature is revolutionary, and a century. The buildings are corps-de-logis containing the a higher pavihon. Along the two one consisting of lesser rooms and the other of a long by An replaces the usual French spiral.

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