Louis Alexandre de Bourbon asleep in the guise of Cupid, Atelier Pierre Mignard, late 17th century to 1682.
Oil on canvas; High by 93 cm wide 131 cm.
Important wooden frame golden oak work Parisian antique regency
(probably gilded in the 19th century).
Great serenity emerges from the composition, colors and quality drapes highlight the texture of velvet and silk.
Resumed painting in the Palace of Versailles, two other versions are known, one in the Royal Museum of Stockholm, the other Eugène Boudin Museum in Honfleur.
Third son of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, Louis Alexandre de Bourbon (1678-1737) is shown naked, asleep on silk draped with bow and quiver of Cupid.
Very appreciated by his father, he will become legitimized and the Count of Toulouse, Duke of Penthièvre of Arc Châteauvilain and Rambouillet.
Pierre Mignard, French painter born in Troyes in 1612 and died in Paris in 1695 is a great portraitist of the 17th century.
After a stay in Rome where he became the favorite painter of Pope Urban VIII, he returned to France crowned with glory.
Great enemy of Charles Le Brun, he succeeded him after his death as the first painter to Louis XIV and director of the Royal Academy.
Friend intellectuals of his time (Bossuet, Molière ...) he made portraits, he is best known for having painted members of the royal family (Louis XIV, Madame de Montespan, Grand Dauphin, the Demoiselles ...).
His unique style inspired the term Mignardise, a term already used in the 16th century to describe something very graceful.