Louis Ferdinand of France (1729; 1765), Dauphin of France, eldest son of Louis XV. 18th century French school attributed to Louis MIchel van Loo.
Canvas 82 cm by 66 cm
Old frame 102 cm by 86 cm
This very beautiful and rare portrait that can be attributed to Louis Michel van Loo, depicts Louis de Bourbon, Dauphin of France, eldest son of Louis XV and his wife Marie Leszczynska.
The Dauphin died before his father and therefore could not reign, but he is the father of three kings of France: Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X
Louis Michel van Loo (1707; 1771)
Coming from the van Loo dynasty established in France in the 17th century, Louis Michel Van Loo studied under the direction of his father, the painter Jean Baptist van Loo, in Turin and Rome.
He won the prize of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1725 with his child Moses bringing down Pharaoh's crown. He then stayed in Rome from 1727 to 1732 with his uncle, the painter Charles Andre Van Loo (1705; 1765).
In 1736, he became the official court painter of Philip V of Spain in Madrid following the death of his predecessor Jean Ranc, and was one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 1752.
In 1753, he returned to France and painted several portraits of Louis XV and his entourage.
He is the brother of the painters François van Loo and Charles Amédée van Loo.