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JEAN COUSIN (1500-1590)

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 330 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEAN COUSIN (1500-1590), French painter, was born at Soucy, near Sens, and began as a glass-painter, his windows in the Sainte Chapelle at Vincennes being considered the finest in France. As a painter of subject pictures he is ranked as the founder of the French school, as having first departed from the practice of portraits. His " Last Judgment," influenced by Parmigiano, is in the Louvre, and a " Descent from the Cross " (1523) in the museum at Mainz is attributed to him. He was known also as a sculptor, and an engraver, both in etching and on wood, his wood-cuts for Jean le Clerc's Bible (1596) and other books being his best-known work. He also wrote a Livre de perspective (156o), and a Livre de portraiture (1571). See Ambroise Firmin-Didot, Etude sur J. Cousin (1872), and Recueil des teuvres choisies de J. Cousin (1873).
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