Basilica of St. Denis--page 9 (of ten pages): other royal tombs

The north transept where many of the tombs are placed


Recumbent figures of Henry II and Catherine de Medici by Germain Pilon, 1583

See their elaborate tomb, largely credited to Pilon, also in St. Denis. Here, like the praying figures atop the canopy of the large tomb, the figures are dressed in official robes. But they are not idealized; Zerner points out Catherine's double chin (383).

Dogs at the feet of effigies

The dog is a traditional symbol of faithfulness.
Here the dog at the foot of a male figure seems to be a hunting dog with prey in its mouth.

Tomb of Robert dit Enfant, 14th century


Works Consulted or quoted:
Henri Zerner. Renaissance Art in France: The Invention of Classicism . Paris: Éditions Flammarion, 2003 [English edition]

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