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Charles Le Brun




 


Charles
Le Brun

(b Paris, bapt 24 Feb 1619; d Paris, 12 Feb 1690).

French painter and designer. He dominated 17th-century French painting as no other artist; it was not until over a century later, during the predominance of Jacques-Louis David, that artistic authority was again so concentrated in one man. Under the protection of a succession of important political figures, including Chancellor Pierre Séguier, Cardinal Richelieu and Nicolas Fouquet, Le Brun created a series of masterpieces of history and religious painting. For Louis XIV and his chief minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert he executed his greatest work, the royal palace of Versailles: an almost perfect ensemble of architecture, decoration and landscape. After Colbert’s death in 1683, he was no longer able to count on prestigious commissions and, apart from finishing the decoration of Versailles, he concentrated on smaller-scale religious painting.


 


Self-Portrait

 

 


Dedalo e Icaro

 

 


Jephte sur le point de sacrifier sa fille

 


Entry of Alexander into Babylon

c. 1664
Oil on canvas, 450 x 707 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

Holy Family with the Adoration of the Child

1655
Oil on canvas, 87 x 118 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

Martyrdom of St John the Evangelist at Porta Latina

1641-42
Oil on canvas, 282 x 224 cm
Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris


 

Adoration of the Shepherds

1689
Oil on canvas, 151 x 213 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris

 

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