Jean Goujon (Goujon Jean)( French sculptor 16., An outstanding master of the Renaissance.)
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Biography Jean Goujon (Goujon Jean)
(ca. 1510 - ca. 1568)
Born between 1510 and 1520 in Rouen, where he worked on small orders for decorating the cathedral and the church of Saint-Maclay. After several years of intense activity in Paris, Goujon was forced to leave France (c.. 1562) because of its strong commitment to Protestantism. He died in exile between 1563 and 1568, possibly in Bologna.
The most significant works Goujon emerged as a result of joint work with the architect Pierre Lescot. Fragments of the fence of the choir for the Paris church of Saint-Germain-l'Okserrua (1544), in t.ch. reliefs of the four evangelists and the Lamentation of Christ, are now in the Louvre. Pierre Lescot was the court architect, and Goujon - the court sculptor of King Henry II; they worked together over the building of the Louvre. Goujon create decorative pieces on the facade of the south-west wing of the courtyard of the Louvre (sung in verse of Ronsard), a ladder of Henry II and Portico caryatids, which probably served as a gallery for musicians in the banquet hall. For hotel Lineri (now Carnival), he made a relief of Four Seasons and the figures flanking the keystones of the main facade. Existing fountain innocent today is a reconstruction 18. structures built on the occasion of the triumphal entry of Henry II in Paris (1550). It includes reliefs depicting nymphs and other decorative motifs made Goujon.
Among other significant works - Tombstone of Louis de Breese and Stukov decorations for Fontainebleau. Goujon was the first French master, who shifted to the language of the Renaissance traditional sublime elegance of aristocratic Parisian environment.