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Jean Baptiste Descamps (1706-91)

La vie des peintres flamands, allemands et hollandois ... ; v. 1 / par M.J.B. Descamps. 1753

RCIN 1049183

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Between 1753 and 1763 the French painter Jean-Baptiste Descamps published his four-volume Lives of the Flemish, German and Dutch Painters, a compendium of artists’ biographies from Jan van Eyck onwards. The frontispiece features a personification of Painting, both working on a canvas of Minerva and writing (presumably biographies) in a volume; in the background is a Temple of the Arts with the portrait of Louis XV in the tympanum.

No. 141