Catégorie Art

Mary of Guise’s Coat of Arms

The Mary of Guise-Lorraine article from this blog, recently republished on Celebrate Scotland, features amongst its illustrations the Queen regent’s Coat of Arms on stained glass. These Arms are situated in the middle window in the south wall of the Magdalen Chapel in Edinburgh. The Magdalen Chapel website states that it « was built [more likely […]

1683 : Rediscovery of the tombs of James V Stuart and his two sons by Mary of Guise

When I was visiting the ruins of Holyrood Abbey some years ago, in search of Renaissance tombstones or effigies (one can always dream), I stumbled upon this simple plaque. This was it then, the end of all my marble hopes. The tombs of king James V Stuart, of little James and Robert, his two sons by […]

« 1515: Marignan! » – François Ier secoue la Bibliothèque Nationale

Cette grande exposition du printemps 2015 à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France à Paris s’annonce iconoclaste, et ça fait du bien. Le roi François Ier retrouvera enfin son époque, le Seizième siècle, débarrassé de 500 ans de broderies historisantes. Car la BnF, vénérable institution française, veut « revenir à la source des représentations de ce roi […]

Portraits of James V of Scotland and the celebration of dynasty

« There is evidence to suggest that the Stewart kings were keenly aware of the need both to circulate an official likeness and to assemble a gallery of dynastic forebears. Portrait artists were seemingly employed at the Scottish court from the reign of James I. When Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle in […]

Appel aux dons à la BnF: la « Déscription des douze Césars » de François Ier

C’est le dernier de trois manuscrits quasi identiques, enluminés vers 1520 dans un atelier de Tours par Jean Bourdichon et très probablement commandés par le roi de France, François Ier. Les deux autres exemplaires de la Description des douze Césars avec leurs figures sont conservés à la Bibliothèque de Genève en Suisse et au Walters […]

16th century cloaks: Lord Seton’s red golden ‘mante’

George Seton was born in 1531 in Tranent, East Lothian. The Latin inscription from the wall of the Seton Collegiate Church in the Lothians states, that George had been living in France as a boy. After his father’s death in 1549, he returned to Scotland to become 5th Lord Seton. Soon afterwards, he was appointed […]

Marie and Louis of Orleans : A princely wedding in the summer of 1534

There are no pictures of the event, neither of the young woman of eighteen called Marie, nor of her husband Louis of Orleans, duke of Longueville, born in 1510 and Great Chamberlain of France. Marie of Guise, eldest daughter of duke Claude of Guise and Antoinette of Bourbon, was introduced to the French Court three […]

More sexy fruit : The penis tree and the medieval nun

Maybe you’ve already read my article Sexy fruit from Renaissance Italy and seen the picture of a young woman putting a special kind of « fruit » in her basket. I saw this surprising scene on a Renaissance plate in the Louvre in Paris when strolling around the museum. Back home, I started researching the iconography of […]

Marie et les lieux disparus no. 2 : La Rotonde des Valois

Dans la nef de la basilique de Saint-Denis, les visiteurs peuvent admirer trois mausolées grandioses du 16ème siècle : celui de Louis XII et d’Anne de Bretagne, celui de François Ier et de Claude de France, puis celui d’Henri II et de Catherine de Médicis. Ce dernier a traversé cinq cent ans quasi intact et a […]

À quoi sert l’Histoire? Réponses de Ronsard

« L’histoire sert aux Rois, aux Sénats et à ceux Qui veulent par la guerre avoir le nom de preux, Et bref toujours l’histoire est propre à tous usages: C’est le témoin du temps, la mémoire des âges, La maîtresse des ans, la vie des mourants, Le tableau des humains, miroir des ignorants, Et de tous […]