ADRIEN DE MONTIGNY (FRENCH, C1570-1615) Vonêche Cartouche: Villiage de Vonesche Watercolor and gouache on vellum
ADRIEN DE MONTIGNY (FRENCH, C1570-1615) Vonêche Cartouche: Villiage de Vonesche Watercolor and gouache on vellum 1596 - 1598 Vellum size: 20 1⁄2 x 15 1⁄4 in. Frame size: 26 x 21 in.
It seems the artist drew this view from the nearby town of Croix d’Harmon, to the west of Vonêche. Today, this viewpoint is nearly impossible to attain after the near-total destruction of the town by fire in 1635, and after the advent of the railroad altered the form of the nearby countryside.
The village appears as a group of low houses partially hidden among trees and hedges. The church at center, relatively squat with a sloping roof, had neither transept of apse. Its massive tower had a spire capped by a dispro- portionately large cross.In the foreground is a small genre scene, in which a shepherdess is cajoled into referring a game played by two other shepherds, leaving only a passive, recumbent dog to survey the land.