The Hague, Dutch Republic
|Known for||Portraits of French royalty|
Henri Testelin (1616–1695) was a French painter.
Henri Testelin made portraits of Louis XIV, important persons and events at the French court. 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 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
Pierre Seguier (ca. 1668)
- Overview of art in French musea, Joconde. About Henri Testelin
- Sentiments des plus habiles peintres du temps sur la pratique de la peinture, Paris, 1680. See two illustrations from this book  en 
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