Antoine Caron (circa 1520-c.1600) was a French Mannerist painter. He is one of the few French painters of his time with a distinctive artistic personality, and his work reflects the refined but unstable atmosphere of the Valois court during the Wars of Religion (1560-98).

He worked at Fontainebleau under Primaticcio in the 1540s and later became court painter to Catherine de Médicis, wife of Henry II of France. His few surviving works include historical and allegorical subjects in the manner of court ceremonies, scenes of magic and prediction, and massacres, as in "Massacres under the Triumvirate" (1566) in the Louvre, his only signed and dated painting. His style is characterized most obviously by extremely elongated, precious-looking figures set in open spaces that seem too large for them. He had a penchant for gaudy colors and bizarre architectural forms. Some of the works attributed to him may be by other hands, however, for French painting of his period is an obscure area.


"Portrait of a Lady" (1577) Tempera on panel. Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.



"Augustus and the Sibyl" (1575-80) Oil on canvas, 125 x 170 cm - in. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.



"Merry-go-round with Elephant" Oil on canvas. Private collection.



"The Triumph of Winter" (circa 1568) Oil on canvas, 103 x 179 cm - 40.6 - 70.5 in. Private collection.

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