(b. 1822, Saint Cyr l'Ecole, d. ca. 1867, Paris)
François I visiting Benvenuto Cellini at the Castle of Nesle1845
Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm
The text of the famous Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, the sixteenth-century sculptor and goldsmith, was the inspiration for this picture. Cellini recounted with pride how the King visited him at his studio in the Castle of Nesle.
Grisée executed this painting in a style similar to the earlier "troubadour" painters, particularly Pierre Révoil. Like them he has attempted an accurate reconstruction of a sixteenth-century scene while at the same time recalling the style of sixteenth-century painting.
The painting was exhibited at the 1845 Salon in Paris.