Being a Patron at the Dawn of the Renaissance Admiral Louis Malet de Graville

Louis Malet de Graville (born around 1440, died in 1516), a close friend of King Louis XI, admiral of France under Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I, a very famous figure in his time, and now entirely forgotten. A close friend of four successive kings, he nonetheless played a leading political role, and proved to be a blazing patron during the early French Renaissance period. The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Le Havre by François I, a port that was partly built on lands that had belonged to Admiral de Graville (the Graville seigneury), offers the first-ever opportunity to study the character of one of the most important sponsors of the beginning of the Renaissance in France, as well as the historical and artistic context that he would have known.
A great builder of châteaux and churches, a lover of beautiful tapestries and stirring sculptures, Admiral de Graville was above all an eminent bibliophile.
Extraordinary loans accorded by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France are permitting the exhibition of the illuminated masterpieces that made up his library at the time, painted by the most talented artists of the era. These numerous parchment treasures (including the trial of Jean of Arc) are complemented by portraits of personalities of the court, enamoured with Italy. The
beginning of the 16th century was in fact divided between the last fires of the blazing Middle Ages, and the spread of Italian art across France. The exhibition also evokes the artistic context at the beginning of the Renaissance, particularly in Normandy, thanks to loans from a number of contributors.
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Being a Patron at the Dawn of the Renaissance Admiral Louis Malet de Graville

Abbaye de Graville

76600 LE HAVRE



Opening times

From wednesday 21/06/2017 to monday 18/09/2017



Cultural, Exhibition, Heritage