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Caron, Antoinelocked


French, 16th century, male.

Born 1520 or 1521, in Beauvais; died 1599, in Paris.

Painter, glass painter, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits. Designs for tapestries.

First Fontainebleau School.

Caron married Jeanne Bitouzet in 1571 and had several daughters, one of whom married the famous engraver Thomas de Leu, who did a drawing of his father-in-law dated 1592 that is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; another married the painter Pierre Gourdelle in 1580. Caron worked at first in his native town, where he painted a large number of religious pictures, notably in three churches that were destroyed at end of the 18th century. During this period he also designed windows for Angrand le Prince and painted pictures that are no longer extant. In 1540, he went to Fontainebleau to work with Primaticcio, and at the same time was getting instruction from Nicolo dell'Abbate. In 1561, he was appointed to take part in the decoration of the gate for the visit of Charles IX, but this occasion was postponed until 1571 and in the event Nicolo dell'Abbate and his son Giulio Camillo were preferred to him. He became Court Painter to Catherine de' Medici in 1559, and in 1562 she commissioned from him, through the apothecary Nicolas Houel, a series of designs on the ...

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