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Lorenzo de' Medici

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Adoration of the Magi

Francois Lemoyne


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Artist Biography

Francois Lemoyne (French – 1688-1737)

This work, untraced until recently, was presented to the Académie on 31st December 1716, and gained François Lemoyne nomination for the organisation's membership. Chiefly a decorative artist, who became Premier Peintre du Roi to Louis XV in 1736, Lemoyne perpetuated the flamboyant style which had achieved official credibility under Louis XIVs Premier Peintre, Charles Lebrun (1619-1690). Although Lebrun himself was a keen proponent of the classical theories laid down by his former tutor Nicolas Poussin, his own talents lay more in the painting of grandiose and decorative pictures, than in the composition of history paintings. If ‘Adoration of the Magi’ owes much of its flamboyance to the works of Lebrun and his Flemish near contemporary Rubens, then it is also forward looking in its inclusion of elements of the nascent Rococo style then becoming popular. Interestingly enough, shortly after Lemoyne painted this picture, François Boucher became his pupil, and it was Boucher, more than anybody else, who was to epitomise most typically the full spirit of mature Rococo. Other works by Lemoyne include his ceiling for the Salon d’Hercule, Versailles, which was inspired by the Rococo ceiling for the Royal Bank in Paris by the Venetian artist Giovanni Antonio Pelligrini. Lemoyne also worked at the church of Saint Thomas d’Aquin and at Saint Sulpice, Paris. A full compositional drawing of ‘Adoration of the Magi’ with minor alterations is now in the Louvre, and a sheet of studies for hands and heads is in the Petit-Moray collection, Paris.

Paper / Board

255gsm Art Paper

Our standard prints are reproduced on a premium semi matt finish paper. Its micro-porous resin coating provides exceptional colour accuracy and stability

315gsm Museum Quality Watercolour Art Board, Acid Free

Our watercolour board has a natural white finish with a slightly structured, soft-textured surface equivalent to a traditional etching fine art paper. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art reproduction with giclée technology. It is an archival quality paper with great colour accuracy.

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