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Michel Corneille the Elder
ORLÉANS 1601/03 - 1664 PARIS
MARRIAGE OF THE VIRGIN

Catalogue Note

Sylvain Kerspern has identified this painting as a work by Michel Corneille the Elder and an important addition to the artist’s oeuvre. Corneille worked in the studio of Simon Vouet and established himself in Paris primarily as a painter of religious subjects. He also produced secular decorative cycles, such as the decorations for the Galerie de Psyche, in the Hôtel Amelot de Bisseuil, Paris as well as cartoons for tapestries. The size and format of this impressive Marriage of the Virgin, and the large scale of the figures set against carefully delineated Solomonic columns, indicates that it was most probably a design for a tapestry. Corneille worked on a number of important tapestry projects, including one for Louis XIV with subjects from the Old and New Testaments and a cycle based on Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, at Châteaudun.1

1.  See. Y. Picart, Michel Corneille L’Ancien, Paris 1994, pp. 134-158.

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