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French family of diplomats, collectors and patrons. The family had a tradition of service to the medieval dukes of Burgundy and kings of France. François de Dinteville, Bishop of Auxerre (b Troyes, 26 July 1498; d Château de Régennes, Polisy, 27 Sept 1554), was a connoisseur of the decorative and fine arts, filling his residence with costly furnishings and works of art and his private chapel with elaborate religious artefacts; his favourite painter was Felix Crétien. As French ambassador to the Vatican, he campaigned for the divorce of Henry VIII, King of England, also advocated by his brother, Jean de Dinteville, Seigneur de Polisy (b Thennelière [Aube], 21 Sept 1504; d Polisy, 23 March 1555), ambassador to the English court. During this period Hans Holbein the younger portrayed Jean de Dinteville with Georges de Selve, Bishop of Lavaur, in a full-length portrait of The Ambassadors (1533; London, N.G.; see Holbein, (3)). In 1537 Jean and François fled to Italy to escape charges of high treason, and François's property was confiscated and sold; however, the brothers were eventually restored to the French court's highest favour. After c. 1542 Jean, who suffered complete paralysis, abandoned public life, retiring to Polisy. Francesco Primaticcio and Domenico Fiorentino were his guests there in 1544, when he began to build his new Château de Régennes. They probably decorated the inner façade overlooking the court (destr.) of the Italian-style château. Jean de Dinteville himself decorated the château with paintings by his own hand.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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