Cultural events

Geoffroy Tory – the official printer to King François 1er


  • Geoffroy Tory, Champs Fleury - Lettre Bastarde, 1529 – BnF, Manuscripts Department

    Geoffroy Tory, Champs Fleury - Lettre Bastarde, 1529

  • Practical information

  • Musée national de la Renaissance
    Château d'Écouen
    95440 Écouen

    Tarif plein : 4,5 €
    Tarif réduit : 3 €

    Tous les jours, sauf le mardi, de 9h30 à 12h45 et de 14h à 17h15 (l'hiver) et 17h45 (l'été : à partir du 16 avril). Fermé le 1er mai.

from April 6, 2011 to July 4, 2011 Off-site

This exhibition set up by the Musée national de la Renaissance and the Bibliothèque nationale de France focuses on a key figure in the world of books during the Renaissance. Geoffroy Tory (around 1480-1533), a forerunner in the field of French language uses, supported
by François 1er, became the first official printer to the King.
Above all a humanist, he was successively a publisher, a translator, a bookseller and a printer. However, Geoffroy Tory was also a talented artist who created characters proper to French transcription. Style of drawing, typography, binding, illustration, grammar, spelling and punctuation, all matters in the field of book publishing were explored, only a few decades after the invention of printing, by the humanist unknown to the general public.He was particularly inventive in the field of layouts and styles of drawing. Visitors are invited to follow the artist all through his life, from Bourges to Rome to Bologne to Paris and discover his research, discoveries, creations and ambitions. For the first time, numerous works and prints are put on display, together with his absolute work of art – « Le Champ fleury », the first typographic treaty including philosophical content. This work discloses classical style characters proportioned on the human body.


Monday, March 28, 2011