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(b Paris, 15 June 1636; d Paris, 13 Dec. 1716). French painter, one of the pre-eminent decorative artists of Louis XIV's reign. He was a pupil of Le Brun and his assistant at Versailles, but his style was more strongly affected by his stay in Italy (1658–63), where he absorbed the Baroque manner of Pietro da Cortona and was influenced by the colour and warmth of such north Italian artists as Correggio and Veronese.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)