Art 101

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In reference to the question “In what ways does Francois Clouet's Lady in Her Bath painting reflect the ideology and culture of the Renaissance Era?” can be dated back to 1516 when his father, Jean Clouet was appointed painter to the court of Francis I. Jean became the chief court painter in 1523, and was a position he held until his death in 1541. Jean’s claim to fame was his use of chalk, in the hues of red, white, and black. One of Jean’s more interesting paintings is in Paris, and is a nearly life size portrait of Francis I. He is poised in dazzling robes before a tapestry background with a trace of a supercilious smile on his face. Its is Jean’s best known painting because of the historical importance of the subject. Upon Jean’s death Francois took over as the chief painter. Francois was more talented than his father and continued the conventions of the international portrait style prevalent throughout the courts of Europe. Francois introduced painting with greater naturalism and emphasized more on modeling into the French Court. Francois was said to be the most important French portraitist of the 16th century. Francois is best known for his numerous painting of the Valois court, using a technique adopted by his father. When the king died in 1547, Francois modeled the death mask that was used in the funeral ceremonies. In 1559 Francois became responsible for establishing the imagery of the French coins. This brings us to 1571 and the creation of the Lady in Her Bath. Lady in her bath is said to be the most interesting painting by Francois, and is ostensibly a genre scene. Francois is said to be the first ever artist to use the bath as a setting for a portrait. The painting has all the classical signs of renaissance art, and is secular in theme and emphasizes the grandeur of the individual. A social statement is being made and distinguishes the haves from the have-nots. The renaissance was a time of economic growth,...
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