Jean Jacques Caffiéri (1725–1792)

Jean-Baptiste Greuze French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 631

In addition to his innovative moral subjects, Greuze was a great and subtle portraitist. This painting, with its smoothly blended surface and narrow color range, has traditionally been identified as Jean Jacques Caffiéri, a prominent sculptor who himself produced portraits of some of the eighteenth century’s most important cultural figures. Greuze exhibited his portrait at the Salon in 1765, the year Caffiéri rose to assistant professor within the French Royal Academy.

Jean Jacques Caffiéri (1725–1792), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, Tournus 1725–1805 Paris), Oil on canvas

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