Jean Baptiste de Champaigne

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Jean Baptiste de Champaigne and Nicolas de Plattemontagne

Jean Baptiste de Champaigne (10 December 1631, in Brussels – 27 October 1681, in Paris), was a Flemish Baroque painter and teacher.


Self-portrait at the age of seventeen
Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne Ptoleme II

According to the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), he was the nephew of Philippe de Champaigne who moved to Paris to become his pupil in 1643.[1] In 1658 he undertook a trip to Italy to copy the works of Raphael and Titian.[1] When he returned he became a member of the Brussels Guild of Saint Luke, and in 1671 he accepted a post as teacher in the prestigious Académie de peinture et de sculpture in Paris.[1]

According to Houbraken he was very fortunate to have survived longer than Philippe's own children so that he was brought up like a true son.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Jean Baptiste de Champaigne in the RKD
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Joan Baptist de Champanje in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature