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The renaissance arrived in France in the late 15th century by way of Burgundy which then held Flanders. Many Flemish artists had visited the Italian cities and some had worked there. The adoption of renaissance styles was slow and varied from region to region.

Misetombeau

Mise en tombeau of 16th century. These groups showing the burial of Christ can be good guides to clothing. Church of St Vorles, Châtillon-sur-Seine, France

Saintdonors

Saint with donors. The man on the left wears elaborate court clothes while the kneeling donors are dressed more simply, perhaps as a sign of humility. Stained glass of 16th century, Les Iffs, Brittany, France

Femdonor

A female donor in a golden gown with a white chemise beneath and a jewelled cap. Stained glass of 16th century, Les Iffs, Brittany, France

Oldmen

Two rich old men from a Tree of Jesse (descent of Christ). They wear robes in rich fabrics, one with slashed sleeves, the other with longer sleeves. The boots on the right seem to be embroidered. Church at La-Martyre, Brittany, France.

Oldarmour

A donor in rather old fashioned armour with a heraldic tabard. Church at La-Martyre, Brittany, France

Dianepoitiers

Effigy from tomb of Diane de Poitiers, former mistress of Henry II of France. Chapel at Anet, France

Courtshoe1

A shoe for court wear with lace decoration and a solid sole. 16th century. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France

Cathmedshoe

Shoe said to have belonged to Catherine de Medici, Queen of Henry II of France. 16th century. Shoe Museum, Romas-sur-Isere, France

Courtshoe2

A pair of shoes called bridged because of the solid sole joining heel and toe. 16th century. Shoe Museum, Romas-sur-Isere, France

Courtshoe3

Silk shoe with lace decoration. Mid-16th century (reign of Henry II). Shoe Museum, Romas-sur-Isere, France

Courtshoe4

Shoes known as escarfignons, slashed to show stockings. 16th century. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France

Susanna1

The story of Susanna. This shows a variety of dress from the children to the soldier, to Susanna on the right and her elderly accuser. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Susanna2

A judge and two accusers from the story of Susanna. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Susanna3

A judge, legal advisor and an accuser from the story of Susanna. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Agripsybil1

Small statue of the Sybil of Agrippa. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Agripsybil2

Detail of sleeve from small statue of the Sybil of Agrippa. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Agripsybil3

Detail of dress and belt from small statue of the Sybil of Agrippa. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Depos

Deposition with figures in contemporary dress. 16th century. Museum, Royal Monastery at Brou, France

Margaust

Margaret of Austria and attendant. 1513-32 Royal Monastery Church at Brou, France

Philibert

Philibert le Beau first husband of Margaret of Austria. 1513-32. Royal Monastery, Brou, France

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