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Burgundian and French family of administrators, ecclesiastics, patrons and collectors. The most spectacular of the late medieval families who rose from the bourgeoisie into the hereditary nobility, the Rolins were proud of their new status and felt that it obliged them to found ecclesiastical institutions, which they embellished by works of art as tangible expressions of their rank and piety. The eminence and wealth achieved by (1) Nicolas Rolin laid the basis for the careers and patronage of his sons by his second wife, Marie des Andes: (2) Guillaume Rolin, (3) Jean Rolin II and (4) Antoine Rolin.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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