PILON, Germain
(b. 1525/30, Paris, d. 1590, Paris)


The most powerful and original French sculptor of the 16th century. Early Mannerist influences on his work were displaced by a greater realism. He excelled in bronze as well as marble, both as a portrait sculptor and a medallist. He carved Francis I's tomb (1558-59) and Henry II's tomb (1564-83) at Saint-Denis, and sculptures for Fontainebleau and the Louvre and at the chateau d'Anet (for Diane de Poitiers).