French school circa 1680-1690 attributed to Henri Testelin the younger (1616-1695) -Portrait of Louis XIV
Linen canvas 82 cm by 65 cm
Beautiful old frame of 104 cm by 87 cm
Superb and rare painting by Louis XIV attributed to Testelin circa 1680-1690
The King is represented in profile, he wears richly ornamented armor. Henri Testelin has represented the King with this black armor on a few occasions, but these paintings remain rare.
Henri Testelin (1616-1695)
He is the son of Gilles Testelin, painter to Louis XIII and the brother of Louis Testelin, also a painter.
A pupil of Simon Vouet, he participated in the founding in 1648 of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. On this occasion, he gives as a reception piece a portrait of young Louis XIV that can still be admired in Versailles today. He became secretary then professor of the Academy to then be excluded as a Protestant (time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes).
He exhibited at the Salon of 1673 a portrait of the King and the Queen
His role was decisive in the development of the official doctrine of the arts, until his exclusion in 1681. With a great sense of pageantry he painted many court portraits and participated in the realization of the decorations of Versailles. Much of his work known to this day is in Versailles.