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

The Lamentation

Bronze, 47 x 82 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Beside Jean Goujon, Germain Pilon was the other great French sculptor of the period. Basically his inspiration derives from the Fontainebleau stuccos, but he develops a wonderfully flowing movement, which is deeply expressive.

The bronze relief "Lamentation" belongs to the tomb of René de Biraghe. The monument depicts the figures of the Chancellor and his wife, Valentine Balbiani. There are strong traces of Italian influence here, principally of Michelangelo and his school.