French Paintings of the 15th through the 18th Century

Princeton University Press

French Paintings of the 15th through the 18th Century

by Philip Conisbee

Edited by Richard Rand
Contributions by Joseph BaillioJohn Oliver HandFrances GageBenedict Leca Pauline Maguire Robison
National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogues

Georges de La Tour’s haunting depiction of a repentant Mary Magdalen gazing into a mirror by candlelight; Jean Siméon Chardin’s perfectly balanced image of a young boy making a house of cards; Jean Honoré Fragonard’s monumental suite of landscapes showing aristocrats at play in picturesque gardens — these are among the familiar and beloved masterpieces in the National Gallery of Art, which houses one of the most important collections of French old master paintings outside France. This lavishly illustrated book, written by leading scholars and the result of years of research and technical analysis, catalogues nearly one hundred paintings, from works by François Clouet in the sixteenth century to paintings by élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun in the eighteenth. All these works are explored in detailed, readable entries that will appeal as much to the general art lover as to the specialist.

Hardcover, 552 pages, 9.75"x 11.25".