The painter Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) is being given pride of place at the Louvre-Lens. Like Delacroix for Romanticism and Monet for Impressionism, Le Brun stands out as the embodiment of an epoch: the age of Louis XIV. Son of a humble sculptor of tombstones, he was the King’s First Painter for almost thirty years; it is to him that we owe the decoration of the Hall of Mirrors in the Château de Versailles. Read more.
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