French School of the seventeenth century,
Workshop Charles de La Fosse (Paris 1636-1716).
Saint Bruno in ecstasy near a cave with a flight of angels
Oil on copper (54 cm by 40.5 cm) Beautiful setting in old oak (65 cm by 53 cm)
Saint Bruno, founder of the Carthusians (? 1101)
He had to make a beautiful ecclesiastical academic career, this son of a wealthy merchant of the Rhine. From Cologne, he studied in his hometown and then had left, aged fifteen years to go perfect in Reims.
The Diocese of Grenoble saw the birth or settle many communities and major religious figures.
St. Bruno in 1084 settled with the agreement of St. Hugh, bishop of Grenoble, Chartreuse and founded the Carthusian Order. St. Hugh himself is known to have released the Church the power of the laity, and considered the real founder of the diocese since it fixes the territory. He also founded the monastery of Chalais.
Called to Rome by Blessed Pope Urban II, for that he come to the aid in the needs that the Church knew, however, he spent the last years of his life in a hermitage near the monastery of La Torre in Calabria, where he died in 1101.
The sources concerning Bruno's life are scarce and incomplete. This deficiency resulted in an abundant hagiographic literature without critical value. His legend, represented by 22 paintings by Le Sueur, adorned the Carthusian monastery of Paris; they are now in the Louvre.
Charles de La Fosse (Paris 1636-1716).
It is early student of Le Brun, with whom he collaborated in the 1650s at the seminary of Saint Sulpice and the Hotel Lambert. From 1658 to 1663 he lived in Rome, Parma and at length in Venice, he will always have the impression.
After returning to Paris, Le Brun employs the Tuileries and the large apartment of Versailles glasses Diane salon and Sacrifice of Iphigenia, on the mantelpiece; ceiling of Apollo Area, 1672-1673 (preserved paintings, but retouched; the sketch of Sunrise is the Museum of Rouen). La Fosse was received at the Academy in 1673 (Rape of Proserpine, Paris, E. N. B. A.), of which he became director in 1707 with the support of Mansart. He painted various easel paintings for the Grand Trianon (Clytie changed sunflower, Apollo and Thetis, 1688, in place), Marly (Bacchus and Ariadne, 1699, Museum of Dijon), Meudon (Triumph of Bacchus, 1700, Louvre ), Versailles (Finding of Moses, 1701, Louvre), whose composition tables, sometimes a little embarrassed, is offset by a gold colored Venetian inspired. Author of many religious paintings for churches and Parisian or provincial communities (Presentation of the Virgin, 1682 Museum of Toulouse resurrection of Jairus' daughter, Paris, Notre Dame de Bercy; Adoration of the Magi, 1715 painted for the choir of Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre several paintings at the Hermitage and the Pushkin museum in Moscow), he is also a great decorator, whose art is strongly away from Le Brun or contemporary as Jouvenet.
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