Jouvenet, Jean

Jouvenet, Jean an eminent French painter, was born at Rouen, August 21, 1647. At the age of seventeen he went to Paris and studied with Nicholas Poussin, and at twenty-seven produced his celebrated picture of Christ Curing the Paralytic, in the Church of Notre Dame. Soon after he painted, in the Hospital of the Invalides, between the windows of the dome, The Twelve Apostles, with Angels. In 1665 he was admitted a member of the Academy, and painted for his reception the picture of Queen Esther before Ahasuerus — one of the finest works in the halls of the Academy. About this time he executed four pictures for the Church of St. Martin aux Champs, representing Mary Magdalene at the Feet of our Saviour, in the House of Simon the Pharisee; Christ Driving the Money-changers from the Tenmple; The Miraculous Draught of Fishes; The Raising of Lazarus. His most famous work is the Deposition from the Cross, painted for the Church of the Capuchins, at Paris, where he died, April 5, 1717. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.

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