TitlePortrait of Joseph Jean-Baptiste Fleuriau d’Armenonville (1661-1728) Conseiller d’Etat
Creation Dateca. 1708
Medium & Supportblack and white chalk and black ink, grey wash, heightened with white on blue paper
Dimensions14 7/8 x 11 9/16 in. (38 x 29 cm)
Credit LineGift of George and Elaine Keyes, two Anonymous Donors and the Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
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Hyacinthe Rigaud was the preferred portraitist of Louis XIV and XV and made canonical contributions to the art of French absolutism and of early eighteenth-century Europe. He adapted the European portrait tradition to the specific needs of the French court, developing the “portrait d’apparat” as a showpiece of great formality and elegance. This portrait drawing, a presentation drawing squared for transfer to a larger canvas, or perhaps to the engraver’s plate, makes Rigaud’s skill apparent. The sensitively rendered face is surrounded with a myriad of compelling, detailed elements that all indicate the sitter’s elevated status, elegance, and erudition. d’Armenonville was one of thirty Councilors of State, a lucrative position, which placed him right below the rank of prince and cardinal.
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