LALLEMANT, Georges
(b. 1575/76, Nancy, d. 1636, Paris)

The Échevins of Paris Praying before St Geneviève

1611
Oil on canvas, 200 x 250 cm
Musée Carnavalet, Paris

This is one of the few surviving group portraits for the city of Paris (the other is by Philippe de Champaigne). In this painting the treatment of the figures is realist enough to suggest that Lallemant was influenced by such Flemish artists as Pourbus. In spite of the fact that he ran the major Parisian studio, Lallemant's importance was overshadowed by the arrival of the new generation of artists trained in Italy, led by Simon Vouet.




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