(Rouen 1649 – Paris 1717)
With Charles de La Fosse, Antoine Coypel and the Boullogne brothers, Jean Jouvenet was one of the most successful painters of his time. From 1685, he concentrated essentially on religious painting, an area in which he played a significant part. Jouvenet’s oeuvre remains strongly attached to the classical tradition and shows that there is continuity in grand history painting in France between Le Brun and David. Jouvenet’s enormous success is confirmed by the many copies and prints that circulated until the end of the 18th century.