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The man regarded as the pioneer of the style was the Haarlem artist Pieter van Laer (1 592-1642), nicknamed 'II Bamboccio', a word which means 'doll' or 'puppet', and which refers both to Van Laer's dwarfish appearance and to the small size of the paintings he produced. painting in Italy for the next century, and His followers were French as well as known Dutch as the bamhoccianti. artists, among them Van Laer influenced young Sebastien the Bourdon. It is possible to relate French art during the other of the influences most of the developments which took place in half of the seventeenth century to one or first I have just described.

K^^^^^£& M A A c. Sacrifice 1602 40, 4i Jacques bellange showed Virgin Annunciate; Angel of the Annunciation the influence of Flemish returned to France only at Mannerism, while Freminet (who Dubreuil's death) was under the spell ot Italian painters such as the Cavaliere d'Arpino, dreariest yet most popular of late sixteenth-century artists. Freminet had been in close contact with him during a long stay in Italy. Mannerism was livelier and more inventive in the provincial city of Nancy, capital school of of the Duchy of Lorraine.

Other details show a mixture of Italian and Flemish influences. For example, the woman in the background appears in similar guise in the work of Italian painters as dissimilar as Titian and Giulio Romano, while the old nurse resembles a type used by Quentin Matsys. The whole composition, with figures behind a balustrade, haps also felt the attraction more so than 45 33 36 SCHOOL OF FONTAINEBLEAU Three Minions c. 1580-90 37 Attributed to marc duval One-eyed Flautist 1566 38 CORNEILLE DE Portrait of a Young LYON Man may well be a blasphemous echo of a pattern used for Holy Families by Joos van Cleve.

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