Allegorical Figures for a Ceiling Decoration

Michel Corneille the Elder French
Formerly attributed to Pierre Mignard French

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Trained in the studio of Simon Vouet (French, 1590–1649), Corneille the Elder was one of the twelve original members of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, founded in Paris in 1648. He painted commissions for churches and décors for private homes. Perched on ornamental elements and seen from below, these softly modeled, draped figures were likely intended as part of a ceiling design.

Allegorical Figures for a Ceiling Decoration, Michel Corneille the Elder (French, Orléans 1602–1664 Paris), Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on beige paper.

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