Germain Pilon CJ LaDue

Background Information

Germain Pilon was born in Paris, France in 1535.

Germain Pilon has spent most of his life as an artist and architect in his home country of France.

Germain Pilon was likely trained by two men who would be so beneficial to him in his life in the world of art, his father, Antoine Pilon, a sculptor and his mentor Pierre Bontemps. He was trained to be an artist/architect and many of his early works had influence from his father, mentor, and teachings.

Germain's lifestyle consisted of learning the ways of the arts and finding his place in the world of architecture. He was trained and by 1561 he was actively working at Fontainebleau. Germain created wooden statues in the Queen's garden. Germain had a decent life creating many forms of arts and architecture.

Germain Pilon created sculptures and architecture such as in later years, he would go on to create many different works of art and archiutecture such as The Tomb of Henry II and Catherine de M├ędicis, The Three Graces, and The Virgin of Sorrows.

Germain Pilon had a mentor who is said to be considered a patron. His name is Pierre Bontemps, who took Germain under his wing and helped him to become the inspired architect he was.

Germain Pilon used Humanism and Perspectivism in his many great architectural works. This is because Germain incorporates the human aspects of life into his works and sculpts the human form. Also, Germain includes three dimensional aspects in his architectural sculptures and makes them look as though they are real life.

Renassaince Work

Virgin of Pity

The name is the piece I have chosen is, the Virgin of Pity.

Germain Pilon's Virgin of Pity was created in 1585.

You can see replicas of the Virgin of Pity in museums across France and in Christian or Catholic churches and in religious books.

The piece, Virgin of Pity, was so significant and popped out at me because it caught my eye and exploited all the ideals that the art and architectural work of Germain Pilon expressed. This sculpture in particular shows the idea of the human form in what looks like the blessed virgin of Mother Mary and gives the on looker full perspective of a sculpture in three dimensional form. This piece is as close as it got at the time of sculpting and architecture, to a true life form.

The Virgin of Pity brings peace to the sense in my mind. This piece makes me feel safe as it brings in the religious aspects I hold closest to my heart. This piece exemplifies the closest possible way to form a piece of architecture into the form of the Mother Mary for that time period. The Virgin of Pity shows us the truly divine nature of not only Mary but of the sculptor himself and his thoughts about how to bring religion into a real life form for the world to look on to.

The ''ism'' that plays the biggest role in the Virgin of Pity is Perspectivism. I know this because Germain was an architect and architects usually can make real life forms out of anything. Germain can make a three dimensional sculpture as well as chisel real life details into his works. He was big on applying the human form into many of his pieces but made those forms as if they belonged in the real world with exceptional details of perspective.

I found this piece so interesting because I was so easily drawn into looking at it and I didn't want to stop. I felt as if this architectural form had a meaning behind it that was deeper than I could ponder. I was able to digest every detail on the Virgin of Pity and I thought it was really cool that this art form was forcing me to do everything it was intended to do, keep me looking, make it feel larger than life, and incorporate the human form.

You will be able to see a picture of the Virgin of Pity on the internet, in many religious forms of text, and in museums... such as the link provided next.

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