Portrait of a Gardener

CARLO MARATTA (1625-1713) Portrait of Andre Le Notre (1679-80) Oil on canvas (112 x 85 cm) Chateau de Versailles Carlo Maratta was one of the great Italian masters of the Late Baroque who excelled particularly in the genre of portraiture. From a very early age, Maratta showed extraordinary aptitudes for drawing, and at the age …

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Portrait of a Portraitist

MARC NATTIER (1642-1705) Portrait of Gilbert de Seve  Oil on canvas (117 x 88 cm) Chateau de Versailles We normally associate the surname Nattier with Jean-Marc (1685-1766) the famous portraitist of Louis XV and his court, or even Jean-Baptiste (1678-1726). The fact that their father, Marc, was a portraitist is less well known, especially as …

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My Father-in-Law

FRANCOIS TORTEBAT (1621-1690) Portrait of Simon Vouet (1665) Oil on canvas (63 x 52 cm) Chateau de Versailles Quite unlike the many dazzling portraits of worthies shown to their best advantage by flattering regalia, the artist eliminated every single superfluous feature here, in order to concentrate on the sitter's almost hypnotic stare. Using thick paint, he scrupulously described …

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