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The Children of the Duc de Bouillon

The Children of the Duc de Bouillon

Artist: Pierre Mignard (French, 1612 - 1695)

Object number: 4293.1
Date: 1647
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 x 46 3/4 in. (88.9 x 118.7 cm)
Signed: No signature
Label Text:Pierre Mignard worked both in France and in Italy as a portraitist and painter for powerful patrons such as the Duc de Bouillon, who throughout his life oscillated between resolute support of and violent opposition to King Louis XIII and his chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu. The children depicted in this meticulously painted portrait are three of the Bouillon family’s nine children. All wear fashionable and expensive clothing that indicates the family’s wealth and prestige. The two boys play with a small dog, while the young girl, on the cusp of womanhood, presents the viewer with a satchel of flowers and cherries, symbols of femininity and fecundity.

Credit Line: Purchase, Robert Allerton Fund, 1975 (4293.1)