Two Angels, Study for the Val de Grâce

Pierre Mignard French

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Commissioned by Anne of Austria, the mother of Louis XIV, Mignard made this study for the frescoed dome of the chapel of the Val de Grâce church in Paris. The ceiling as installed in situ depicts celestial glory in illusionistic concentric rings, recalling the work of Correggio (Antonio Allegri, Italian, active by 1514–died 1534) in Parma. Mignard must have made hundreds of drawings to prepare his design, but this sheet is one of only three known to exist today.

Two Angels, Study for the Val de Grâce, Pierre Mignard  (French, Troyes 1612–1695 Paris), Black chalk, heightened with white chalk on light brown antique laid paper, squared in red chalk

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