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...Abraham Bosse was born in Tours in 1602, and died in Paris on 14 February 1676. He was the son of Louis Bosse, a tailor, and Marie Martinet. Bosse was both an outstanding engraver and an accomplished geometrician. He was also a teacher...
...Huret, Grégoire Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture Grégoire Huret was born in Lyons Lyons on 24 October 1606 and died in Paris Paris on 5 January 1670. He was apparently the son of a carpenter and worked as an engraver...
...Charles-Alphonse Dufresnoy was born in Paris in 1611; his father, Mathieu, an apothecary of the rue Saint-Honoré, intended him to study medicine and educated him with a focus on the sciences. The boy learned geometry, anatomy...
...Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture Rome Toulouse Troyes Hilaire Pader was born in Toulouse on 24 February 1617. He was a provincial painter who made a modest contribution to shaping classical doctrine in France. He studied painting...
...Charles Le Brun was born in Paris in 1619 and died there in 1690. He was the son of a sculptor and was noticed by the chancellor Séguier , who placed him in Simon Vouet’s workshop and then sent him to Rome in 1643. He stayed there for three...
...Poussin, Nicolas André Félibien was born in Chartres in May 1619 and died in Paris on 11 June 1695. He went to study in Paris at the age of fourteen and soon began frequenting the literary and précieux salons, particularly that of the Hôtel...
...Roger de Piles was born in Clamecy in Burgundy, on 7 October1635 and died in Paris on 5 April 1709. He was educated by the Jesuits, before moving to Paris to study theology at the Sorbonne. He was interested in painting, which he practised...
...Pierre Mosnier (or Monier, Monnier, or even Maunier), was born in Blois on 2 March 1641. His father, Jean Mosnier, taught him to paint before placing him with Sébastien Bourdon, thanks to whom Pierre no doubt helped to decorate the gallery...
...Caen Rouen Jacques Restout was born in Caen in 1653; he learnt to paint with Le Tellier de Vernon – whom he ranked among the greatest painters in the only work he published – in his studio in Rouen. Of his artistic activity there remains...
...John Smibert was America's first professionally trained painter and the most accomplished of a number of portrait artists of the first half of the eighteenth century. His Williams, Mary Peale, Charles Willson Kneller, Godfrey Copley, John...