Jean Pélerin


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(b Bois Jouan, Anjou, ?1435–40; d Toul, 1 Feb 1524). French cleric, architect, sculptor and diplomat. After studying law, he took holy orders. He became secretary to Louis XI; at the same time as carrying out various diplomatic missions, he was in charge of some royal building works. Soon after the king's death in 1483 Pélerin was appointed canon of Saint-Dié, Vosges, which was then a brilliant centre of humanist culture and the seat of the famous Gymnase Vosgien, one of the oldest literary and scientific associations in Europe. Pélerin also accompanied Duke René II of Lorraine on many of his journeys, visiting the courts of René I, King of Naples, in Provence, of the Emperor Maximilian I at Worms and of Louis XII of France in Touraine; he may have also visited Italy. His sobriquet ‘Viator’, the Latin translation of his surname, also registers his love of travel.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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