Baroque and Rococo


Baroque and Rococo Art Map

Sebastien Bourdon



Sebastien Bourdon

(b Montpellier, 2 Feb 1616; d Paris, 8 May 1671).

French painter, draughtsman and engraver. Although he was one of the most successful painters of the mid-17th century in France and highly praised by the writer André Félibien, he was also widely criticized for never achieving a fixed style of his own. He began his career as an imitator of the Bamboccianti and of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. He later produced altarpieces in a vigorous Baroque style and portraits in the manner of Anthony van Dyck before coming under the classicizing influence of Nicolas Poussin. Towards the end of his career, in a lecture to the Académie Royale, he recommended that young artists reject uniformity of inspiration. Remarkably, he was able to give a personal flavour to his work in any style and genre.


Portrait of a Man

Oil on canvas, 105 x 65 cm
Musee Fabre, Montpellier


Cristina de Suecia


The Adoration of the Magi


La Bonne Aventure


Queen Christina of Sweden
Oil on canvas, 72 x 58 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm


La Sagrada Familia con Santa Isabel y San Juanito


Bacchus and Ceres with Nymphs and Satyrs

Oil on canvas, 51 x 77,5 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


The Beggars

Oil on wood, 49 x 65 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris



Queen Christina of Sweden on Horseback

Oil on canvas, 383 x 291 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid


The Finding of Moses

c. 1650
Oil on canvas, 119,6 x 172,8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington


Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Oil on canvas, 105 x 89 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid


A Scene from Roman History

c. 1645
Oil on canvas, 145 x 197 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris

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