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...Antoine Le Blond de La Tour was born in Paris in 1630. He settled in 1656 in Bordeaux, where he became the official painter of the town hall on 6 June 1665. He was received at the Académie royale de peinture on 28 December 1682, which...
...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...
...Claude Comiers was born in Embrun after 1600. He was canon of the cathedral, but nothing is known about him until the Fronde, after which he regularly frequented J.-B. Lantin’s scholarly circle in Dijon. In 1665, he published La Nature et...
...Louis Cellot was born in Paris in 1588. He joined the Jesuit novitiate in Nancy in 1605. He became a teacher and taught humanities and rhetoric at the Jesuit college in La Flèche. He later taught in other colleges over a sixteen-year...
...Roland Fréart, sieur de Chambray, was born in Le Mans on 13 July 1606, the second son of Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou and grand provost of Maine. His family wanted him to enter the legal profession, but he was more interested in the art...
...Boulenger, Jules-César Jules-César Boulenger, prolific historian, theologian and theoretician of art, was born in Loudun Loudun in 1558. His father, Pierre Boulenger, originally from Champagne Champagne, was a grammarian. In 1582...
...Le Mans Richelieu, Armand Jean Du Plessis, cardinal de Rome Paul Fréart de Chantelou was born in Le Mans on 25 March 1609. He was the third son of Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou and grand provost of Maine. Both he and his brother, Roland...
...Les Andelys Nicolas Poussin was born in Les Andelys (according to Paul Fréart de Chantelou) in June 1594. He was the son of Marie Delaisement, the widow of the prosecutor Lemoyne, and Jean Poussin, a soldier of uncertain nobility who...
...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...
...Bernard Dupuy Du Grez was born in Toulouse in 1639 to a family of lawyers. He was a lawyer at the local parliament and an amateur painter and art theorist, rather like his contemporary Catherinot in Bourges, to whom Dupuy remained superior...