By Anthony F. Blunt

The 16th and 17th centuries in France have been an epoch of miraculous 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 value of France and the "Sun King." Anthony Blunt provides significant artists and their primary works chronologically, offers an summary of the most tasks of the interval and of the inventive 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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Veil, between three medieval round towers, one of which right, tain irregularities in the design side the staircase has nothing novel to offer, for, in it King allowed himself to be tied by the remains of The court facade (Plate 7) and the flight of rooms be- after 1520, are constructed clearly visible at the reign. In plan his restored, ideas, the surviving medieval buildings. hind, on the court side and heavily irregular, as we can see On the outer front the aberrations are even more marked by double, rhyme or reason.

In various parts of France we find chateaux and town houses in which simplicity of form and decoration is 27 THE MIDDLE YEARS OF FRANCIS Figure accompanied by 3. Reconstruction of staircase in the Cour de I'Ovale, Fontainebleau a stricter use of the Champigny-sur-Veude (probably and Valen^ay still (c. 1540) show traces of the all have classical Orders. In the Loire valley the chateaux of finished before 1543), Villandry (1532) (Plate 19A), afFiniries with Le Breton's manner,^^ though the last two earher style in the use of round towers or fretted dormers.

Of the kingdom Francis I pursued after his return from Madrid of centralization which had been sketched out in the preceding decades. Conseil des Affaires, which gradually supplanted the Conscil Etroit, depended fully enlarging the domaine royal at the expense of the other feudal The on the King and became the chief weapon of liis increasingly autocratic direction of the Government. In finance he gradually replaced the remains of the medieval system with one which depended entirely on the central government.

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