Huguenot Art

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  1. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    One feature of the Huguenot movement in France was that it included an extremely large proportion of artisans and craftsmen. This worked do France's disadvantage when Huguenots were forced out of the country before and after the 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (ie., Huguenot Diaspora). But it was to the advantage of the rest of the world wherever Huguenots settled and brought their talents and skills.

    Some comments from the most well-known of French Huguenots on art:

    "œAll arts proceed from God and ought to be held as divine interventions" -- John Calvin

    "œSculpture and painting are gifts of God" -- John Calvin

    "œAmong other things adapted for men´s recreation and giving them pleasure, music is either the foremost, or one of the principal; and we must esteem it a gift of God designed for that purpose" -- John Calvin

    Some famous French Huguenot artists, whose works may still be seen today in museums or books, include the following:

    Jacques La Moyne (1533 - 1588) -- Artist (the first European artist to draw pictures of places, people and things in the New World) -- http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/photos/native/lemoyne/lemoyne.htm

    http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0921316.html

    Bernard Palissy (1509 - 1590) -- Potter, painter -- http://www.getty.edu/art/collections/bio/a867-1.html

    Paul Revere (1735 - 1818) -- Silversmith -- http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/1aa/1aa467.htm

    Paul de Lamerie (1688 - 1751) -- Craftsman -- http://www.rauantiques.com/Articles.asp?ArticleID=28

    Huguenot Silvermaking in England (1680 - 1760) -- http://www.absolutearts.com/artsnews/1999/09/18/25949.html

    http://www.christopherhartop.com/huguenot.html

    Music
    Clement Marot (1496 - 1544) & Louis Bourgeois (1510 - 1561) -- Poets, Composers -- http://spindleworks.com/library/deddens/psalmOrigins.htm

    http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/b/o/u/bourgeois_l.htm

    http://www.redeemer.on.ca/academics/polisci/psalter.html

    And sometimes, the Huguenots just inspired good art:

    http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/millais/paintings/huguenot.html

    [Edited on 15-1-2005 by VirginiaHuguenot]
     
  2. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    That's one of the things I respect about the Reformed faith...the balance that it brings to one's life. I think Calvin's perspective on the arts is one aspect of that.
     
  3. Ianterrell

    Ianterrell Puritan Board Sophomore

    Thanks for posting this Andrew.
     
  4. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    You're welcome, Ian!
     
  5. turmeric

    turmeric Megerator

    Excellent! Good ol' Paul Revere, I forgot about his background.
     
  6. cupotea

    cupotea Puritan Board Junior

    Have any of you been to the Paul Revere house? It's a neat house.
     
  7. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    I used to live in Boston but never made it to Revere's house. Looks quite interesting though!

    http://www.paulreverehouse.org/
     
  8. puriteen18

    puriteen18 Puritan Board Freshman

    Don't forget Claude Goudimel. His devotional arrangements of the Genevan psalm-tunes are absolutely wonderful.
    http://www.credenda.org/issues/11-5musica.php


    You all might find this book interesting. If I remember correctly it does have sections about the huguenot craftsmens, and of course included alot of other Reformed trads.

    Seeing Beyond the Word. Visual Arts and the Calvinist Tradition.
    (Ed.) by Paul Corby Finney

    I've only skimmed through in a bookstore; it is always out of my price range. But it looks interesting.
     
  9. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Thanks very much for these excellent tips! :up:
     
  10. VirginiaHuguenot

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    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

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  12. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Escape of a Huguenot Family:

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  13. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

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  16. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Any takers? :candle:

    Also, I have heard about a pre-1867 painting by Edwin D. White is said to reside at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts called Landing of the Huguenots at the Mouth of the St. Johns River in 1564. I have been unable to find this painting online and have no plans to visit Mt. Holyoke. Has anyone ever heard of or seen this painting?

    [Edited on 9-14-2005 by VirginiaHuguenot]
     
  17. Plimoth Thom

    Plimoth Thom Puritan Board Freshman

    I've seen the film Queen Margot. Besides the ubiquitous sex and nudity one would expect in a French film, its a fairly good movie about a very interesting period in history.
     
  18. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Oh bummer -- with Isabelle Adjani I might have expected. Too bad. Movies with that subject matter are rare.
     
  19. LadyCalvinist

    LadyCalvinist Puritan Board Junior

    Andrew, I used to be a big Dr. Who fan. That story was made in the 1960's and unfortunately in the 1970's the BCC cleaned house and wiped out a number of Dr. who episodes ( the original story was 4 25 minute episodes), none of which currently exist.

    However, I do have the novelization of the book, and there is also an audio version (taken directly from the TV) of the story which is available from Amazon I believe.
    Outpost Gallifrey has all things Dr. Who related.

    In 1960's the show was not what I would call anti-religious, indeed there are a few positive references to religion, but since the 1970's the show has become quite athiestic. A pity as I used to enjoy it.
     
  20. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Thanks Diane -- that is very helpful. I did a little digging and found the episode info at the Dr. Who website. :up:
     
  21. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    [video=youtube;wBhl9hh4KIU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBhl9hh4KIU[/video]
     
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