Francesco Primaticcio was born on April 4th, 1504 in Bologna Italy and he spent most of his life in France. He was trained in Bologna, Italy under Innocenzo da Imola and later Bagnacavallo. He also was later trained by Giulio Romano in Mantua, Italy. He lived an elegant lifestyle as he painted, drew, and sculpted works of art. He has sculpted the tomb of King Henry II (see picture above), painted Ulysses and the Sirens, and engraved Apollo, Pan, and a Putting Blow Horn. Catherine de Medici was actually the patron of Primaticcio when he built King Henry II's tomb.
This is a picture of Primaticcio's Ulysses and the Sirens, 1540s. It can be seen in the Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives), online. This piece shows true Renaissance qualities because of the greek mythology, secularism, that is being exhibited. I find this interesting because of the humor quality that it has. It has two ships, one ship has the crew tying up its captain so it will not be tempted by the Sirens. The other ship is battling demon-like creatures. This is humorous because the crew is tying their captain to the mast of the ship to protect him from the Sirens. Meanwhile, they are heading towards evil demons that will definitely kill their captain while he is tied to the mast.
"Francesco Primaticcio." International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture, Gale, 1993. Biography in Context, ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/BiographiesDetailsPage/BiographiesDetailsWindow?disableHighlighting=false&displayGroupName=Biographies&currPage=&scanId=&query=&prodId=BIC1&search_within_results=&p=BIC1&mode=view&catId=&limiter=&display-query=&displayGroups=&contentModules=&action=e&sortBy=&documentId=GALE%7CK1638000287&windowstate=normal&activityType=&failOverType=&commentary=&source=Bookmark&u=bedf0311&jsid=1697eaf46570717c093da2af85abaa75. Accessed 1 Dec. 2016.
Primaticcio Franceso. The Sacrifice of a Bull. 1550s, Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Primaticcio Francesco. Juno Rousing Zeus from Slumber. mid sixteenth century, Drawing, Italian and other European Art (Scala Archives), online.
Primaticcio Francesco. Apollo, Pan, and a Putting Blow Horn. 1560s, Engraving, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
Primaticcio Francesco. Ulysses and the Sirens. 1540s, Painting, Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives), online.
“Francesco Primaticcio.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com/biography/Francesco-Primaticcio.
“Images of Basilica of St. Denis, Paris: Tomb of Henry II and Catherine De Medici by Francesco Primaticcio and Germain Pilon.” Images of Basilica of St. Denis, Paris: Tomb of Henry II and Catherine De Medici by Francesco Primaticcio and Germain Pilon, www.bluffton.edu/homepages/facstaff/sullivanm/france/paris/stdenis/stdrnishenritwo.html.
“King Henry 2 of France tomb” Google Images. Dec 4. 2016.