CHAMPAIGNE, Philippe de
(b. 1602, Bruxelles, d. 1674, Paris)
Oil on canvas, 228 x 153 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Philippe de Champaigne is important not only as an original artist but also as summing up one aspect of French art in the middle of the seventeenth century. His portraits and his later religious works are as true a reflection of the rationalism of French thought as the classical compositions of Poussin in the 1640s.