The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition brings together a collection of drawings by Antoine Caron that he created especially for his patron, Catherine de' Medici.
The drawings depict scenes of courtly pageantry and show how Catherine promoted herself through lavish spectacles, giving us a valuable insight into the fashions, behaviour, protocol and elaborate apparatus used at the events.
The highlight of the exhibition are six drawings made between 1573 and 1581, during the reigns of Catherine's two sons Charles IX and Henri III. They show the tournaments, jousts, and even a mock naval battle. The compositions were later used as the basis for a set of tapestries.
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