18th century French school. Follower of Justus van Egmont (1601; 1674). Portrait of a quality lady and garland of flowers.
Canvas mounted on panel 63 cm by 56 cm
Frame of 75 cm by 68 cm
The painting comes from the castle of Monthyon
Our painting offers in the Flemish tradition of the medallion surrounded by a garland or a wreath of flowers, the portrait of a lady of quality. Usually the medallion represents a religious scene or a sculpture and is made by an artist while a second painter paints the flowers (Jan Brueghel de Velours and Erasme Queslin for example or even Jean Baptiste I Belin de Fontenay and Daniel Seghers, to mention than them).
Others realize the whole work (Andries Danielsz, Justus van Egmont).
Subsequently, to the religious subject was added the portrait, most often female but also of children (Justus van Egmont, Carlo Maratta, Jean Baptiste I Belin de Fontenay ...)
Justus van Egmont (1601; 1674)
Born in the United Provinces, Juste d'Egmont followed his mother to the death of his father and moved to Antwerp. He became a pupil of Gaspard van den Hoecke and in 1618 began a trip to Italy. On his return in 1620, he entered the studio of Pierre Paul Rubens for whom he produced a Last Supper for the cathedral of Mechelen and collaborated on the cycle of the Life of Marie de Medici for the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. In 1628, he became master of the city's guild of Saint Luc.
Rubens leaving Antwerp for Spain, he chose to continue his career in France. He collaborated on decorative paintings in the studio of Simon Vouet in Paris and produced numerous cartoons for tapestries. He became a painter to the Princes of the Condé and then of the Orléans. He finally becomes official painter of Louis XIII then of Louis XIV. He then specialized in the portrait of the great of the kingdom. In 1648, he participated in the founding of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture with twelve other painters.
In 1649, he seemed to return to the Spanish Netherlands and was present in Brussels where he produced a very large number of boxes for the city's tapestries, then in Antwerp in 1653.