Nicolas Lagneau

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Grotesque Man Wearing a Turban by Nicolas Lagneau, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Nicolas Lagneau (fl c. 1600–50)[1] was a French draftsman noted for his portrait drawings. He was especially interested in grotesque physiognomies, which he drew in meticulous detail either from models or from his imagination.[1] His drawings are usually executed in black and red chalk, sometimes with the addition of blue or yellow gouache.[1] In their heightened realism, and their emphasis on facial expressions, wrinkles, and deformities, Lagneau's portraits reveal the influence of Rembrandt's early works.[1]

Lagneau is not known to have painted. His drawings, which were widely copied and imitated in his time, are plentiful in French and US museums.


  1. ^ a b c d Klingsöhr-Leroy


  • Klingsöhr-Leroy, Cathrin. "Lagneau, Nicolas", Oxford Art Online
  • Mérot, Alain (1995). French painting in the seventeenth century. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-06550-7