Offered by Art & Antiquities Investment
Oil on canvas.
About 8 years old, the young Louis Auguste de Bourbon is generally portrayed as a Roman. Born of the love affair between Louis XIV and the Marquise de Montespan on March 31, 1670 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, he is legitimized by the king and bears the titles of Duke of Maine, Duke of Aumale, Prince of the Dombes and Count of Eu. He died in Sceaux on May 14, 1736.
In its French frame in carved and gilded wood from the Louis XIV period.
Dimensions: 44 x 36 cm - 64 x 55 cm with the frame
Pierre Mignard (Troyes 1610 - Paris 1695) is the brother of Nicolas (known as Nicolas Mignard d'Avignon), also a painter. Like Valentin de Boulogne, Michel Dorigny, Charles Le Brun or Eustache Le Sueur, he is the pupil of Simon Vouet. Nicknamed "the Roman" because he stayed in Rome for a long time, Pierre Mignard is considered one of the best colorists of his time. Louis XIV called him back from Italy to entrust him with the decoration of the dome of Val-de-Grâce and the small gallery in Versailles. After the death of Charles Le Brun, he was appointed the King's first painter and director of the Academy of Painting. Pierre Mignard excelled in portrait painting and distinguished himself by the naturalness and truthfulness of the expression of his figures.