French School, (16th century); French. Medium: printed paper with pen & ink annotations. Date: 1561. Du Bellay (c.1525-60); annotations by the Parisian humanist scholar and printer, Henri Estienne (c.1528-98); The Defence and Illustration of the French Language was the 'manifesto' of the group of French Renaissance writers and poets known as the 'Pleiade'; Provenance: Bibliotheque de Lyon, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.