ADRIEN DE MONTIGNY (FRENCH, C1570-1615) Diéval Cartouche: Villaige de Dieval Watercolor and gouache on vellum 1596 - 1598 Vellum

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ADRIEN DE MONTIGNY (FRENCH, C1570-1615) Diéval Cartouche: Villaige de Dieval Watercolor and gouache on vellum 1596 - 1598 Vellum size: 20 1⁄2 x 15 1⁄4 in. Frame size: 26 x 21 in. 

The artist drew this view from the path leading from Marest to Diéval. In the view, the village presents the same dispersed character that it does today, as a number of small groupings of houses stand separated by fields and trees. The core of the village (and the view) is the church, a stone building covered by a slate roof, with a slender western tower capped by a spire. Its nave was flanked by aisles, themselves flanked by a number of chapels. The artist seems to have omitted the château. In the foreground, a peasant family proceeds into the small village, the man at center bearing a sack and holding a small child’s hand.