The Primer of Claude of France

Painting with gold

Artists' Techniques

Gold highlighting in the 'camaïeu d'or' technique has been used for blue and pink drapery folds and for other details.

These legendary episodes derive from Arnoul Gréban’s Mystère de la Passion, a religious play performed in Paris in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The Parliament of Heaven is represented by God encircled by female personifications of Justice, Peace, Mercy, and Truth. Addressing God, Justice and Truth argue that Adam and Eve should be punished, in contrast to Peace and Mercy who ask him to be lenient.