[Music Iconography] Mignard, Pierre. (1612–1695)

"Angels Making Music" – 17th Century Ink Drawing

Original 17th century ink drawing by the French Baroque artist, depicting a scene of angels playing a flute, cello, violin and lyre.  Inscribed "Mignard" to the lower right corner.  This example is a closely related work to the drawing "Angelic Concert in the Clouds" held in the Staedel Museum, Frankfurt.  Indian ink washed on paper.  Mounted on paper with remains of mounting on verso, waterstain at upper and lower left and some toning.  Irregularly trimmed.  Overall fine condition.  9.25 x 13.75 inches (23.2 x 35.1 cm.), mounted to an overall size of 19.75 x 13.75 inches (50.2 x 34.9 cm.).

"Pierre Mignard was, with Charles Le Brun (1619–90), one of the most successful painters of the reign of Louis XIV.  He worked for the King and many of the principal figures at court both as a portraitist and as a painter of large-scale decorative schemes.  After training in Troyes, where he was born, and in Bourges, Mignard joined the studio of Simon Vouet in Paris in 1627.  He went to Italy in 1636 and remained there until 1657.  He studied the work of Correggio and Pietro da Cortona in Rome as well as copying Annibale Carracci's frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese.  Mignard's best known surviving decorative scheme is the dome of the church of the Val-de-Grâce in Paris, commissioned by Louis XIV's queen, Anne of Austria. Because of his rivalry with Le Brun, Mignard was unwilling to become a member of the Academy, but on Le Brun's death in 1690 he succeeded him as its Director and as First Painter to the King." (The National Gallery, nationalgallery.org.uk) (19738)

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