Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici

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Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN, London, UK
Open: Temporary Closure


Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici

Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici
to Sun 15 Apr 2018
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This focused international loan exhibition, the first dedicated to the drawings of Antoine Caron, brings together a celebrated group of drawings executed by Caron (1521-1599) for his patron Queen Catherine de’ Medici of France (1519-1589).

Centered around the Valois series, a set of drawings of courtly pageantry here reunited for the first time, the display will showcase the way in which the powerful and influential Catherine promoted herself and her dynasty through a series of lavish courtly events. Created as preparatory designs for tapestries, the drawings capture in minute detail jousts, tournaments, festivals and a mock naval battle that were presented at the French court between 1573 and 1581, during the reigns of Catherine’s sons Charles IX and Henri III.

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