ADRIEN DE MONTIGNY (FRENCH, C1570-1615) Rancennes Cartouche: Le Villaige de Racenne Watercolor and gouache on vellum

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

In this view there is no church, road, or other identifying landmark that helps to define the direction from which it was drawn. This village stretches today from northwest to southeast, following the axis of the only road which traverses the Haurs plateau. 

On the other side of a vast meadow where cows graze, the houses of the village unfold across the middle ground, partly hidden by trees. Many of them are surprisingly tall, some having three levels and an especially steep slope in their thatched roofs.