Bernard Salomon

(c. 1508—1561)

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(b c.1508; d c.1561). French painter, draughtsman and engraver. He was probably from a family of belt-makers in Lyon. He was involved as a master painter in the ephemeral decorations for the ceremonial entries of the Archbishop of Lyon in 1540, of Henry II in 1548 and of the Maréchal de Saint-André in 1550. He designed numerous plates for booksellers in Lyon and probably also engraved them. His vignettes for the Fables d’Esope (1551; Adhémar, no. 6), the Quadrins historiques de la Bible (1553, 1555; a 12 and 13), the Figures du Nouveau Testament (1556; a 16) and the Métamorphoses d’Ovide figurée (1557; a 20) were inspired by the elegant Mannerist art of the Fontainebleau school; they became models for engravers working in Lyon and were widely distributed and copied. Salomon may have been a Protestant. His son-in-law was the type designer and bookseller Robert Granjon.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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