Attributed to Jacques Blanchard (Paris 1600 – Paris 1638)
The Madonna and Child
Oil on copper, 37.5 x 27.5 cm; contained in a carved and gilded frame of historic model
Private collection, USA; private collection, The Netherlands
This very beautiful and interesting painting relates to a composition by the French Baroque painter Jacques Blanchard. According to the book by Jacques Thuillier, the original painting by Blanchard is lost, though the composition is known from a drawing in the Louvre, and various engravings. It is possible that our painting is the lost original by Blanchard.
Jacques Blanchard was a French Baroque painter. Born in Paris, he was raised and taught by his uncle, the painter Nicolas Bollery. Despite his polished and prolific output as a religious and decorative painter, very little is known about Blanchard’s early development. In late 1624, he travelled to Rome in the company of his brother Jean, where he is likely to have met contemporaries like Simon Vouet, Jacques Stella, Claude Mellan and Nicolas Poussin. Later, he progressed to Venice, where his style matured. Blanchard is also known as the French Raphael.
 Jacques Thuillier, Jacques Blanchard 1600-1638, exh. cat. Rennes (Musée des Beaux Arts) 1998, pp. 273-75.
 The highly finished preparatory drawing in black chalk for the picture is in the Louvre (26 x 23 cm; inv. No. 23766).