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The Descent from the Cross
Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Descent from the Cross c.1642–1645

Charles Le Brun (1619–1690)

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(bapt. Paris, 24 Feb. 1619; d Paris, 12 Feb. 1690). French painter, designer, and art theorist, the dominant artist of Louis XIV's reign. He trained under Vouet and quickly made a name for himself, winning a commission from Cardinal Richelieu when he was barely out of his teens; the only surviving picture from this commission (for the Palais Cardinal in Paris) is Hercules and the Horses of Diomedes (c.

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


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