Beautiful oil on canvas depicting the King of Poland and Duke of Lorraine Stanislas Leszczynski in armor wearing an embroidered Hermine coat of the order of the Holy Spirit.
19th century regence style frame
Beautiful state of conservation.
Attributed to Jean Girardet around 1750.
A very close portrait is exposed to the castle of Lunéville.
Frame: Height: 100 cm; Width: 86 cm
Canvas: Height: 71 cm; Width: 58 cm
Jean Girardet (1709-1778)
Jean Girardet, born in Lunéville in 1709. He became a seminarian, law student, cavalry officer, then learned painting at the Academy of Nancy, under the direction of Claude Charles (1661-1747).
He carried out various decorative works in Nancy before joining, in 1738, Duke Francis III in Florence where he finished his studies. In 1748, he returned to Lorraine to Stanislas' service, of which he became the "Ordinary Painter" in 1758.
Talented portraitist, he is the appointed painter of the figure of the King of Poland immortalized from all angles as well as that of court people, artists and powerful. He also excels in great decorative painting as in religious paintings. His works adorn the cathedral of Toul, the churches of Lunéville, Chanteheux, Commercy, Verdun, Metz ...
His frescoes decorate the Kiosque Lunéville, the salon of the New Intendance, the Comedy ... Many of these works have now disappeared; one of his most accomplished works survives, witness to his talent: the paintings of the Nancy Town Hall.
In particular, on the ceiling, the painter Nancy represented Stanislas in Phoebus, god of light. Accompanied by Victory, he leads the chariot of the sun and dispels the clouds under the dazzled gaze of the muses. On the walls of the large square living room, four large frescoes evoke the benefits of the monarch. Apollo offering a crown to a young artist is an allusion to the founding of the society of science and belles-lettres. Jupiter symbolizes the royal justice, Esculape recalls the creation of the College of Physicians and Mercury the scholarship awarded to merchants.
In the absence of a painting academy, the teaching of the fine arts continues in the workshops. The most coveted is that of Girardet Luneville which welcomes some 140 students. In 1758 he was named "First Painter". In 1766, at the death of Stanislas, Marie Leszczynska appealed to him.
Girardet continues his work at Versailles but returns quickly to Nancy where he dies in his house in the rue Saint-Jean, n ° 31.
He is buried in the church of San Sebastián in 1778.
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