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Exhibition Jean Cousin, Father and Son
A Family of Painters in the 16th Century

from October 17, 2013 to January 13, 2014

The 15th century in France is represented by Jean Fouquet and Enguerrand Quarton, the 17th by Geroges de la Tour and Nicolas Poussin. The 16th century was that of Jean Cousin.

The name of Jean Cousin—honored in history books, engraved on the pediments of art academies and on museum facades—continues to symbolize the 16th-century revival of stained glass and tapestry work. A masterly treatise on perspective and a work on portrait drawing earned him his fame. Today, however, he is mostly remembered for a single painting: the Eva Prima Pandora. This secular portrait of Eve as an odalisque enshrined in her cave—the first large female nude in French painting, and an early, idealized representation of female beauty—has recently been restored.

The painting is presented here among other works by this versatile and prolific artist: masterful dawings, sculptures, prints, books of engravings, tapestry, embroidery and armor, all of which testify to Cousin's outstanding skill in every technique. A selection of works by his son and heir completes the presentation of this major artist whose innovative style, a precursor of classicism, drew inspiration from both the Renaissance respect for the past and the elegance of Mannerism.

Organized by:

Dominique Cordellier, Musée du Louvre, Department of Prints and Drawings, and Cécile Scailliérez, Musée du Louvre, Department of Paintings

Practical information

From October 17, 2013 to January 13, 2014

Denon Wing, 1st floor, Mollien Rooms

Opening hours:
Every day except Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Late opening on Wednesdays and Fridays until 9.45 p.m.

Admission with museum entrance ticket: € 12

Further information:
01 40 20 53 17