(b. 1667, Lyon, d. 1756, Paris)


French engraver, part of a family of artists, brother of Claude Audran III. He studied engraving in Paris with his uncle Girard Audran, whose collaborator he became, most notably on the reproductive engravings of Charles Le Brun's Battles of Alexander the Great. Jean Audran made engravings after Italian masters, such as Pietro da Cortona, Francesco Albani and the Carracci family, and after 17th-century French masters, including Nicolas Poussin, Jean Jouvenet, Antoine Dieu, Antoine Coypel and Hyacinthe Rigaud. Later he reproduced works by more modern painters, such as Claude Gillot or Watteau, making 110 etchings for the latter's Figures de différents caractères (c. 1735). Jean's numerous works, like those of his uncle, often harmoniously combine etching and line engraving. In 1707 he was appointed Graveur Ordinaire du Roi; having been approved (agréé) by the Académie Royale in 1704, he was admitted (reçu) in 1708, with engravings of a portrait of Antoine Coysevox after Rigaud and of a Self-portrait after Noel Coypel.