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Image of Portrait of Joseph Jean-Baptiste Fleuriau d’Armenonville (1661-1728) Conseiller d’Etat 32827
2017.9

Artist

Hyacinthe Rigaud

Title

Portrait of Joseph Jean-Baptiste Fleuriau d’Armenonville (1661-1728) Conseiller d’Etat

Creation Date

ca. 1708

Century

early 18th century

Dimensions

14 7/8 x 11 9/16 in. (38 x 29 cm)

Object Type

drawing

Creation Place

Europe, French

Medium and Support

black and white chalk and black ink, grey wash, heightened with white on blue paper

Credit Line

Gift of George and Elaine Keyes, two Anonymous Donors and the Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund

Copyright

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Accession Number

2017.9
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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