Important exhibition of French Medieval Art opens in Paris

Outstanding stained glass panels are among two hundred items on display at a new major international exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.

France 1500: Entre Moyen Age et Renaissance is organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux (Paris) and the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition will remain in Paris until 10 January 2011, and then move to Chicago (26 February 2011 to 30 May 2011).

The exhibition explores a pivotal period in French art during the reigns of Charles VIII (1483–1498) and Louis XII (1498–1515), and their powerful wife, Anne of Brittany, when humanism and Italian influences began to be felt.

The glass was curated by the distinguished CVMA (France) author, Dr Michel Hérold, and includes treasures from Evreux Cathedral, Sens Cathedral, the church of Our Lady at Louviers (Eure), and the archbishop’s palace in Rouen. Loan items from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée National du Moyen Âge-Thermes de Cluny (Cluny Museum) in Paris add to the riches of a spectacular exhibition which also features panel paintings, tapestries, sculpture and lavishly illuminated manuscripts from the National Library of France.

A hardback 400 page French-language only catalogue of the exhibition is available, price €49. An English language version of the catalogue will appear next year when the exhibition transfers to Chicago (USA).

For more details, see the Grand Palais website.

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