COLOMBE, French family of artists

The family worked principally in the region of Bourges and Tours. Michel Colombe and Jean Colombe were the sons of Philippe Colombe (d. 1457), a sculptor in Bourges. Michel Colombe was the most celebrated sculptor of his period in France, while the workshop established by Jean Colombe was one of the most widely patronized in France, producing some 70 known manuscripts between 1465 and 1512. It was continued by Jean's son Philibert Colombe (d. 1505) and by his grandson François Colombe, whose death in 1512 seems to have brought the workshop's activity to an end.