LAGRENÉE, Louis-Jean-François
(b. 1724, Paris, d. 1805, Paris)

Allegory on the Death of the Dauphin

Oil on canvas, 129 x 97 cm
Musée National du Château, Fontainebleau

Legranée received several royal commissions in a busy life. In the Allegory on the Death of the Dauphin the figures are not strictly allegorical, apart from the sorrowing France behind the bed, for they represent the dauphine and the couple's sons (including the dead one who appears with a crown of stars for his dying father), the effect is of allegory rather than fact. And the idiom in which the picture is painted is certainly classical, much as interpreted by Batoni, though critics of the day it suggested Guido Reni.