Epic Arts in Renaissance France

In service of the glory of king and country

By Stephanie Shestakow ’98

Eva Prima Pandora, c. 1550, by Jean Cousin the Elder, above; below right, one of 24 canvases in the Marie de’ Medici Cycle by Peter Paul Rubens in a gallery at the Louvre. According to Usher, the monumental series devoted to Henri IV and his queen, celebrates the “Renaissance fascination with narrative galleries.” Bottom right, The majestic Salle des Caryatides