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For this new academic year rich in discoveries, we have the pleasure of presenting some exceptional works illustrating the excellence of French artists across the arts as imagined by the Sun King.
In particular, you will discover a remarkable medallion in Carrara marble by Pïerre Puget depicting the monarch’s profile, along with two bust portraits by one of the most famous painters of his time, Nicolas de Largillierre, which exalt the virtuosity of his brush and his talents as a colorist in portraits which are official as well as intimate.
The visit continues with a terrific unpublished portrait by Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen, a Dutch painter who began his career in London under Van Dyck’s influence. A portraitist for the bourgeoisie, the artist excelled in rendering the transparency of flesh and was particularly interested in the vestimentary details which characterized most of his works.
The exhibition also welcomes two unpublished bodycolors on vellum by Jean II Cotelle, a painter of scenes in the Park of Versailles who was honored in a retrospective at the Grand Trianon in 2018. A work also appears by the Poussinesque artist Nicolas Loir, who defended the classic academic ideals most appreciated by the royalty and who participated in the decoration of the palaces of Versailles and the Tuileries.
We will be happy to welcome you to the gallery starting November 5th to share this beautiful selection of works from the Grand Century with you.
Paris, October 2021