Attributed to Pierre Mignard and his workshop
Troyes 1612 – 1695 Paris
The Sans Pareil Espagnol in front of Dinant
Oil on canvas : 52,4 X 63,3 cm
Frame : 66,8 X 76,3 cm
Pierre Mignard was one of those important French Baroque painters
at the service of King Louis XIV who had an important number of assistants. He specialised in portrait painting.
During the Franco-Dutch War of 1672 – 1678 the strategically important town of Dinant on the Meuse, belonging to Liège, was conquered in a few days time by the troops of the French King in 1675. Our painting made shortly after that conquest is extremely original: it does not show the King on horseback in front of Dinant,
but simply his horse. The town view in the background goes back to sketches by the Flemish painter Adam Frans van der Meulen who made paintings and tapestry sketches of the King’s conquests.