The French Renaissance produced a marvellous effect upon the art of the country. The inspiration of French artists came direct from Italy. It was after the expedition of Charles VIII., who had crossed over into Italy and there seen the wonders of the Italian Renaissance. He had been brought under its spell. The result was that Italian artists were brought to France, and set to work adorning and refurnishing the palaces of kings and nobles. The gradual unfolding of French Renaissance, and the styles which followed at the different periods of French art are fully set forth in chapter x., in which the story of the Renaissance and its progress is recorded.
( Originally Published Early 1900's )