Noël Coypel

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Noël Coypel, Solon Supporting Justice, c.1672, oil on canvas, 500 x 870 cm, Musée du Louvre

Noël Coypel ([kwapɛl]; 25 December 1628 – 24 December 1707) was a French painter, and was also called Coypel le Poussin, because he was heavily influenced by Poussin.

Coypel was born in Paris, the son of an unsuccessful artist. Having been employed by Charles Errard to paint some of the pictures required for the Louvre, and having afterwards gained considerable fame by other pictures produced at the command of the king, in 1672 he was appointed director of the French Academy at Rome. After four years he returned to France; and not long after he became director of the Academy of Painting. The Martyrdom of St James in Nôtre Dame is perhaps his finest work. Coypel was a pupil of Noël Quillerier.

Noël died in Paris at age 78, one day before his 79 birthday. His sons Antoine and Noël-Nicolas were also painters.

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