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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