Germain Pilon Megan Eldred

Germain Pilon was born 1537 in Paris, France and died February 3, 1590 in Paris.

Pon Neuf Germain Pilon; restored by Aimé Milhomme

Pilon worked in a troubling time period, the 16th century, which was a time of conflict for France due to the Crusades, wars based on religion.
Pilon's work started from a young age and he was mainly was involved with sculptures, just like his father, André Pilon. Pilon was one of the finest Renaissance Sculptors, excelling as a medalist and portrait sculptor . His sculptures consisted of marble, bronze, terracotta and wood.

Germain Pilon learned his skills from his father, André Pilon. His father owned his own workshop. Together, they may have worked on sculptures at Solesmes Abbey

Diana with a Stag, from the Fountain of Diana

Pilon's patron was Catherine de' Medici

Pilon's most famous work was a marble sculpture, Heart of Henri II (1561, Louvre, also known as The Three Graces). This piece actually was his first piece as well.

Three Graces, Monument for the Heart of Henri II

Three Graces was made of marble and commissioned by Primaticcio for Catherine de' Medici, widow of Henri II. The golden urn held by the three women was intended to contain the heart of the king; the urn today is a replacement for the original because it was destroyed during the French Revolution. The types of "isms" used by Pilon in this statue is Classicism, Humanism, and Idealism. This statue shows human emotion, it is elegant yet simplistic, and it represents Plato's idea of a perfect world, "material world is no more than shadows". The three women are lifting up his heart in a golden urn, showing that his heart was thought to be golden and pure. This piece intrigues me because it reminds me of what one of the Medici's did for his wife and its simplicity and elegance. This statue is made from just marble and gold so the urn really stands out, like it is supposed to. It can be seen in the Louvre Museum.

Interesting Fact: After his first piece, The Three Grace, he went the rest of his life always having royal commission (patron). "The lack of serious competition, and the fact that his talent suited the wishes of Marie of Medicis and Primaticcio, gave Pilon supremacy."


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