Friday, May 23, 2008

Fine Art Friday - Philippe de Champaigne

last supper
The Last Supper

The Nativity
The Nativity

The Lamentation for Abel
The Lamentation for Abel

The Annunciation

Two Nuns
Vanity - Still Life with a Skull

Philippe de Champaigne (26 May 1602 - 12 August 1674) was a Baroque era painter of the French school.

Born in Brussels of a poor family, Champaigne was a pupil of the landscape painter Jacques Fouquières. In 1621 he moved to Paris, where he worked with Nicolas Poussin on the decoration of the Palais du Luxembourg under the direction of Nicolas Duchesne, whose daughter he married.

After the death of his protector Duchesne, Champaigne worked for the Queen Mother, Marie de Medicis, and for Richelieu, for whom he decorated the cardinal's palace, the Dome of the Sorbonne church and other buildings. He was a founding member of the Académie Royale de Peinture in 1648.

Later in his life (1640), he came under the influence of Jansenism. After his paralysed daughter was allegedly miraculously cured at the nunnery of Port-Royal, he painted the celebrated but untypical picture Ex-Voto de 1662, now in the Louvre, which represents the artist's daughter with Mother-Superior Cathérine-Agnès Arnauld.
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gemoftheocean said...

Beautiful as always. I always enjoy looking at your fine art Friday picks.

Tracy said...

wonderful art Esther!!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Tis wonderful...I especially like "The Annunciation"! Thank you! Cathy

Marie said...

Love these paintings. I would have loved to be an artist but I suppose all I can do is try and paint with words:). I love your fine art Fridays:) they give one such a boost! Thanks Esther:).

Peace & love to you:)

Marie xoxoox

EC Gefroh said...

Thanks Karen. Glad to know that.
Glad all of you enjoyed this week's picks.