Picart, Etienne

Picart, Etienne called Le Romain, father of the preceding, also a celebrated French engraver, was born at Paris in 1631. His prints, chiefly portraits and history, are very numerous: they are finely executed, but want harmony. He worked with the graver and, the etching-needle, much in the style of Poilly. He is supposed to have been called Le Romain from hlis log., sojourn in Rome, or he assumed the name that he might not be confounded with another engraver of the name of Picart. He was engraver to the king, and a member of the French Academy of Painting, etc. He left his country because he was persecuted for his religious belief, and died at Amsterdam in 1721. He engraved many sacred subjects of the great masters, among them the Birth of the Virgin, after Guido; the Marriage of St. Catharine, after Correggio; the Holy Family, after Palma. etc.

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