François Dubois, a French Huguenot painter of the Fontainbleau School, depicts the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. The painting shows two incidents from the massacre frequently seen in other depictions in popular prints and book illustrations: the body of Huguenot leader Gaspard de Coligny hangs out of a window at the rear to the right, and is also depicted decapitated on the ground under the window, with the Duke of Guise standing behind it. To the left rear, Catherine de Medici, emerges from the Louvre Palace and inspects a heap of bodies.
Project: 10. Churches and religions in Europe.
Chronology: 16th century
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Painting
Source: Musée cantonal des beaux-arts Lausanne
Language: English, French and German
Owner: Filippo Galletti (Modernalia)
Copyright: Musée cantonal des beaux-arts Lausanne
Abstract: Painting which depicts the famous massacre of the Huguenots which took place on the Night of San Bartolomeo.