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Group Portrait

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Gabriel Revel, Group Portrait, 1686, oil on canvas, Bequest of Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd, public domain, 94.30.4

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Title

Group Portrait

Artist

Gabriel Revel (French, 1643-1712)

Date

1686

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

46 in x 57 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: Signed,"Revel pinxit mdclxxxvi"

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Bequest of Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd

Accession Number

94.30.4

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Laura and Roger Meier Family Gallery

Description

The son of a provincial painter on glass, Jean Revel became the student of Charles Le Brun, the director of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and all of Louis XIV's art projects. As an artist, Revel divided his time between Paris, where he became a member of the Academy, and Dijon where he received important commissions. His talents as both a portraitist and a history painter are demonstrated in this animated family portrait. The contemporary group is presented in a columned arcade as if in a scene from mythology, with the ladies dressed in what was then considered classical costume, and children cast as the conventional winged infants known as putti.

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