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The Monkeys of Christophe Huet : Singeries in French Decorative Arts
by Nicole Garnier-Pelle and Anne Forray-carlier and Marie-Christine Anselm and Sharon Grevet


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Although monkeys had been used to mimic man and his foibles in the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts, a taste for depictions of elegant monkeys developed among the French aristocracy at the end of the seventeenth century. This delightful book traces the evolution of the monkey motif into a distinct genre known as "singerie" (from the French word singe meaning monkey) during the exuberant Rococo period.  Read more...


 
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More About The Monkeys of Christophe Huet by Nicole Garnier-Pelle; Anne Forray-carlier; Marie-Christine Anselm; Sharon Grevet
 
 
 
Overview

Although monkeys had been used to mimic man and his foibles in the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts, a taste for depictions of elegant monkeys developed among the French aristocracy at the end of the seventeenth century. This delightful book traces the evolution of the monkey motif into a distinct genre known as "singerie" (from the French word singe meaning monkey) during the exuberant Rococo period.

The designer and engraver Jean Berain (1640 1711) was the first to insert monkeys into scenes of Renaissance grotesque decoration, surrounding them with scrolling foliage, fantastical creatures, and Chinese motifs. Claude Audran III (1658 1734) developed this style further with his satirical wall painting of monkeys at Louis XIV s Chateau de Marly. But it was Christophe Huet (1700 1759), an acclaimed painter of animals, who produced the best-known surviving examples of "singeries" for the Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris. Huet s life and work is the focus of this book. In his whimsical paintings monkeys, acting as surrogates for the chateau s aristocratic occupants and guests, are shown singing and dancing, bathing, hunting boar, and sledding on the frozen lake.

Huet s work is placed in context through an examination of lesser-known interiors with "singeries" decoration as well as monkey motifs in the decorative arts ranging from tapestries and teapots to furniture mounts and fireplace accessories."


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  • ISBN-13: 9781606060650
  • ISBN-10: 1606060651
  • Publisher: J Paul Getty Museum Pubns
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 175
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.16 pounds


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Books > Art > History - Baroque & Rococo
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