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By Anthony F. Blunt

The 16th and 17th centuries in France have been an epoch of fabulous inventive job, exemplified by way of 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 significance of France and the "Sun King." Anthony Blunt provides significant artists and their primary works chronologically, offers an summary of the most initiatives of the interval and of the creative personalities at the back of them, and obviously units the ancient context.

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

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The irregularity there are other differences in the elevation has aheady been pointed of importance. The arches are slightly flattened, instead having the pure semicircle of Bramante, and, except on the top Blois are not properly speaking loggie at closed by glazed windows. ^ : At Blois arc summed up of Francis years I. The the strength and weakness of French architecture in the earHer strength consists of imaginative inventiveness and structural skill, both quahties resulting from the medieval tradition, and of a certain^ne^^e in the adaptation of Italian ornament.

He was, however, prevented from carrying out his plan by the pressvu:e of his Florentine friends, represented to last him that this action would be regarded chapter of this story brings us to the year 1546, that when Roberto the reign, ofJuhus II Strozzi presented to Francis which the King passed on to I who as treason to his native city. ^' Curiously enough, however, the presence in France of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance or of their works seems to have exercised almost no effect on French it was not tiU the arrival art, and of Rosso and Primaticcio that Itahan influence began to take root in French painting.

The greater part of his career faUs bom outside our period, for he was about 1430-5 and is last we recorded in 1512. But work till the early years of the sixteenth century, connexion wdth two important works: the tomb of Francis II, have almost no information about when his name occurs in Duke of Brittany, in Nantes The tomb of complex and for the in Francis many tomb of her was commissioned 11 his Cathedral, and the altar-relief of St George at GaiUon. (Plate I2b) is points obscure. In father, work of collaboration, the story of which is 1499 Anne of Brittany was collecting marble a and in January 1500 the Itahan to carry out at sculptor, Girolamo da Fiesole, any rate some part of the work.

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