The roots of Antoine Caron’s detailed, decorative painting style lie in his early training in his native city of Beauvais, northern France. Here the young artist honed his craft producing religious paintings, and designing cartoons for stained glass windows. In 1560 he was appointed court painter to Catherine de’ Medici, Queen Regent, the most powerful patron in the world at that time. At a time when Italianate style dominated, Caron developed a technique and subject matter that were native to his country of origin, recognisably French.
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