12 facts about Simon Vouet

Simon Vouet (French: [vwɛ]; 9 January 1590 – 30 June 1649) was a French painter who studied and rose to stress in Italy before being summoned by Louis XIII to promote as Premier peintre du Roi in France. He and his studio of artists created religious and mythological paintings, portraits, frescoes, tapestries, and huge decorative schemes for the king and for rich patrons, including Richelieu. During this time, “Vouet was indisputably the leading artist in Paris,” and was immensely influential in introducing the Italian Baroque style of painting to France. He was also “without doubt one of the outstanding seventeenth-century draughtsmen, equal to Annibale Carracci and Lanfranco.”

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