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Allegory of Music

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Jean François de Troy, Allegory of Music, 1733, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd, public domain, 68.29

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Title

Allegory of Music

Artist

Jean François de Troy (French, 1679-1752)

Date

1733

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

40 1/2 in x 38 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: Signed lower left below keyboard of instrument, De troy 1733

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd

Accession Number

68.29

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

music

mythology

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

Jean François de Troy was trained by his father François de Troy, one of the leading portrait artists of the reign of Louis XIV, and continued his study in Italy from 1699-1706. Returning to Paris in 1708, he was immediately admitted to the Academy. He won numerous private commissions for decorative projects such as Portland's two canvases from a suite of allegories of the arts [see Related Artworks].

An artist of extraordinary facility and range, de Troy was one of the first to define the fluid Rococo style in painting. Disappointed when the coveted post of First Painter to the King was awarded to his archrival François Lemoyne, he accepted the directorship of the French Academy in Rome in 1738, where he remained for the rest of his life.

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