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Saint William of Aquitaine
Photo credit: Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Saint William of Aquitaine

Simon Vouet (1590–1649)

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

(b Paris, 8 Jan. 1590; d Paris, 30 June 1649). The leading French painter of the first half of the 17th century. His early years are obscure, but according to Félibien he was precocious and worked as a portraitist in England when he was only 14. He certainly made a visit to Constantinople in 1611–12 before moving to Italy, where he lived from 1613 to 1627, mainly in Rome. During this period he gained a considerable reputation and became president of the Accademia di S.

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

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