Bernard Salomon

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Woodcut of Petrarch's Triumph of Fame by Bernard Salomon, from Bernard Salomon: Illustrateur Lyonnais, 1550

Bernard Salomon, (1506–1561) was a French painter, draftsman and engraver.

Little is known of the life of Bernard Salomon (also known as the Little Bernard B. Gallus or Gallo). His family may have been belt-makers in Lyon. He was commissioned to provide decorations for Ippolito II d'Este in 1540, Henry II of France in 1548, and Jacques Dalbon, Seigneur de Saint Andre in 1550.[1] He worked closely with the printer Jean de Tournes to design, engrave, and illustrate many types of books such as emblem books, documentaries and scientific works, and literary works, including the Bible and Ovid's Metamorphoses (Lyon, Tournes, 1557). Salomon's figures were inspired by the elegant Mannerist art of the School of Fontainebleau, and were inspiration for engravers working in Lyon and became widely distributed and copied.[1] He had a daughter who married the printer Robert Granjon.

He is sometimes referred to as "'Petit", alluding to the intricate detail Salomon works into his designs at small scale.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Brief Bio of Lukas Furtenagel". Retrieved 2013-07-31.
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  • Peter Sharratt, Bernard Solomon, illustrator Lyonnais al. "Works of Humanism and Renaissance", Geneva, Droz, 2005 (ISBN 2-600-01000-9) with 259 illustrations
  • Philippe Hoch, "Bernard Solomon Lyon illustrator" BBF, 2006, No. 2, p. 108-109