Transi de René de Chalón – Ligier Richier

28 May

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René de Chalón, Prince of Orange, died in battle in 1544 at the young age of 25. Perhaps a plan made together, perhaps solely the desires of his wife, René de Chalón requested that “his tomb portrait be not a standard figure, but a life size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Medrano-Cabral

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