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Charles Le Brun


Le Brun

(b Paris, bapt 24 Feb 1619; d Paris, 12 Feb 1690).

French painter and designer. He dominated 17th-century French painting as no other artist; it was not until over a century later, during the predominance of Jacques-Louis David, that artistic authority was again so concentrated in one man. Under the protection of a succession of important political figures, including Chancellor Pierre Séguier, Cardinal Richelieu and Nicolas Fouquet, Le Brun created a series of masterpieces of history and religious painting. For Louis XIV and his chief minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert he executed his greatest work, the royal palace of Versailles: an almost perfect ensemble of architecture, decoration and landscape. After Colbert’s death in 1683, he was no longer able to count on prestigious commissions and, apart from finishing the decoration of Versailles, he concentrated on smaller-scale religious painting.





Dedalo e Icaro



Jephte sur le point de sacrifier sa fille


Entry of Alexander into Babylon

c. 1664
Oil on canvas, 450 x 707 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Holy Family with the Adoration of the Child

Oil on canvas, 87 x 118 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Martyrdom of St John the Evangelist at Porta Latina

Oil on canvas, 282 x 224 cm
Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris


Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on canvas, 151 x 213 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


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