Laurent de La Hyre

(Paris 1606 – id. 1656)

Parisian artist, Laurent de La Hyre (1606-1656) studied the works of Primaticcio at Fontainebleau and briefly attended the workshop of Georges Lallemant. Despite never traveling to Italy, he adeptly absorbed lessons from antiquity through prints. At the peak of his career in the 1640s, his style was distinguished by classical architectures, mastery of perspective, and drapery inspired by sculpture. Alongside artists like Eustache Le Sueur, Sébastien Bourdon, and Jacques Stella, he represented a burgeoning artistic movement during the time of Mazarin, defined by Jacques Thuillier as “Parisian Atticism”, characterized by a pursuit of balance and clarity.