Jérôme de Fiesole

(fl. 1499—1507)

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(fl 1499–1507). Italian sculptor, active in France. A document of 1499 mentions him as the only sculptor employed by Anne of Brittany (1477–1514) to realize the tomb of her parents, Francis II, 10th Duke of Brittany and Marguerite of Foix (marble; Nantes Cathedral), and also of her children by Charles VIII (marble; Tours Cathedral). However, the recumbent effigies of the first tomb, which was designed by jean Perréal, were executed by Michel Colombe (see Colombe, (1)) between 1502 and 1507. It is possible that Jérôme was responsible for the decoration of the base of the monument with its white marble pilasters and shell-headed niches of red marble. Vitry believed that the design and execution of the decoration of the second tomb could be attributed to him with greater certainty. An Italian Renaissance repertory of ornament, exceptional in France in the early 16th century, appears on the sarcophagus, while the recumbent statues of the deceased are French in conception and style and come from the workshop of Colombe. It has been suggested, not entirely convincingly, that Jérôme contributed the decorative Renaissance framing to the Entombment (usually attributed to Colombe) in the abbey church at Solesmes, Sarthe, and that he contributed to the decoration of the tomb of Cardinal Georges I d’Amboise and Cardinal Georges II d’Amboise, his nephew, in Rouen Cathedral.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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