Henri Testelin

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Henri Testelin
Born 1616
Paris, France
Died 1695
The Hague, Dutch Republic
Nationality French
Occupation Artist
Known for Portraits of the French Royals

Henri Testelin (1616–1695) was a French painter.

Henri Testelin made portraits of Louis XIV, important persons and events at the French court.[1] Several of his paintings can be seen in the palace of Versailles. The portraits, like the one of the young Louis XIV, show the influence of Jean Nocret and Le Brun.

Testelin was born in Paris. He was secretary of Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture from 1650 and professor from 1656. In 1680 he published a book[2] on art theory and the academy. Testelin was dismissed from the Academy in 1681, because he was Protestant. He left France and went to Holland in the Dutch Republic, where he died in The Hague.

Works of Testelin

  1. ^ Overview of art in French musea, Joconde. About Henri Testelin
  2. ^ Sentiments des plus habiles peintres du temps sur la pratique de la peinture, Paris, 1680. See two illustratiions from this book [1] en [2]