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Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet


 Painting - The Deposition From The Cross by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet and Workshop

The Deposition From The Cross

 Painting - Venus At The Forge Of Vulcan by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet

Venus At The Forge Of Vulcan

Descent from the Cross

Dr Raymond Finot

The Education of the Virgin

The Adoration of the Magi

Foundation of a city in Germany by Tectosages

Apollo and the chariot of the sun with the assembly of the gods

The Raising of Lazarus

The extreme unction

The Miraculous Draught

Portrait of an Unknown Man


The Triumph of Justice


 Drawing - Apotheosis Of Saint Nicholas by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet

Apotheosis Of Saint Nicholas

Saint Peter Healing the Sick

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 Painting - The Marriage Of The Virgin by Studio of Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet

The Marriage Of The Virgin

Studio of Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet

Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet (1 May 1644 – 5 April 1717) was a French painter, especially of religious subjects. Biography

He was born into an artistic family in Rouen. His first training in art was from his father, Laurent Jouvenet; a generation earlier, his grandfather, Noel Jouvenet, may have taught Nicolas Poussin.[1]

Jouvenet early showed remarkable aptitude for his profession, and, on arriving in Paris, attracted the attention of Le Brun, by whom he was employed at Versailles, notably in the Salon de Mars (1671–74), and under whose auspices, in 1675, he became a member of the Académie royale, of which he was elected professor in 1681, and one of the four perpetual rectors in 1707. He also worked under Charles de La Fosse in the Invalides and Trianon.

The great mass of works that he executed, chiefly in Paris, many of which, including his celebrated Miraculous Draught of Fishes (engraved by Jean Audran) are now in the Louvre, show his fertility in invention and execution, and also that he possessed in a high degree that general dignity of arrangement and style which distinguished the school of Le Brun. Anthony Blunt found in Jouvenet's manner reminiscences of Poussin, Le Sueur, and the late work of Raphael, but with a characteristic Baroque emotionalism that "is still far from the full Baroque ... His compositions are primarily planned as high reliefs, and the movements are in sharp diagonal straight lines rather than in curves."[2] The naturalism of Jouvenet's style sets his work apart from most of the religious painting of his time.[2]

Jouvenet died on 5 April 1717, having been forced by paralysis during the last four years of his life to work with his left hand.


Darius and Alexandre, circa 1670, graphite on blue paper, study for the canvas offered to the Lycée Louis-le-Grand (Paris) by the King Louis XIV in 1674 (rediscovered in 2006 by Prof. Alain Béjard & Dimitri Joannidès, Alicem Institute, Luxemburg)


"Jean Jouvenet". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-02-18.

Blunt & Beresford 1999, p. 261.

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Four paintings by Jouvenet in British national collections


Blunt, Anthony, & Beresford, Richard (1999). Art and architecture in France, 1500-1700. Yale University Press Pelican history of art. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-07748-3
Descamps, J.-B., & Dézallier d'Argenville, A.-J. (1840). Vie des peintres flamands et hollandais. Marseille (J. Barile). OCLC 11486087
Memoires inedits de l'acad. roy. de peinture. et de sculpture, 1854

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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