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A Grand Tableau: Charles Le Brun’s Portrait of the Jabach Family

A Grand Tableau: Charles Le Brun's Portrait of the Jabach Family

Wolohojian, Stephan, with Melinda Watt and Michael Gallagher
48 pages
49 illustrations
8.5 x 11 in
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Few things are more exciting than the rediscovery of a lost but storied work of art. This Bulletin examines Charles Le Brun’s spectacular Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family, a landmark of Western portraiture that was long thought destroyed—known only from photographs taken before World War II—when it was found hanging in an English country house, where it had languished for more than a century prior to its acquisition by The Met. The authors tease out the many secrets bound up in Le Brun’s canvas and its extraordinary sitter, who was one of the greatest art collectors of seventeenth-century Europe.

The Jabach Family, Charles Le Brun  French, Oil on canvas
ca. 1660
Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619–1683), Philippe de Champaigne  French, Oil on canvas
Everhard Jabach, Banquiere à Paris, Amateur des beaux  Arts, Michel Lasne  French, Engraving
The Sacrifice of Polyxena, Charles Le Brun  French, Oil on canvas
Sentimens des plus Habiles Peintres sur la Pratique de la Peinture et Sculpture, mis en Tables de Preceptes, avec Plusieurs discours Accademiques, Henri Testelin  French, Plates: etching, woodcut
Multiple artists/makers
Cardinal Jules Mazarin Seated Within the Gallery of his Palace, Robert Nanteuil  French, Engraving
Multiple artists/makers
Celestial globe, Willem Jansz Blaeu  Dutch, Paper, brass, oak and stained, light-colored wood, Dutch, Amsterdam
after 1621
Il primo libro d'architettura di Sebastiano Serlio Bolognese. Il secondo libro di perspecttia di Sebastiano Serlio, Bolognese., Sebastiano Serlio  Italian, Printed book with woodblock illustrations
Multiple artists/makers
The Noble Artist Painting Louis XIII, Abraham Bosse  French, Etching; first state of two
ca. 1642
Green Silk Damask, Silk damask weave, Italian, Venice or Genoa
Italian, Venice or Genoa
second half 17th century
Series of Small Flower Motifs, Plate 6, Paul Androuet Ducerceau  French, Etching
ca. 1670–85
Floral silk satin fragment, Silk satin, French or Italian
French or Italian
Carpet with landscapes, Savonnerie Manufactory, Knotted and cut wool pile (Ghiordes knot), French, Paris
ca. 1673–81
"Star Ushak" Carpet, Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
probably 17th century

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"A Grand Tableau: Charles Le Brun’s Portrait of the Jabach Family." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 75, no. 1, (2017).