Mignard, Pierre (called Mignard le Romain, Troyes 1612 – Paris 1695). Maria Mancini. Half-length portrait of the first mistress of Louis XIV, niece of Cardinal Mazarin and aunt of Prince Eugene. The dress drawn from the shoulders and covering only half of the breast anymore. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Inscribed: Museum in Berlin. / P. Mignard pinxt. / A. H. Payne sc., otherwise as above. 6¼ × 4½ in (16 × 11.4 cm).
“ … in 1636 (Mignard) went to Rome where he … stayed for 20 years … Already in Rome he achieved great esteem as portrait and Madonna painter … Since 1658 in Paris and Fontainebleau where he painted Louis XIV, the queen mother (who appointed him court painter) and Mazarin … 1690 (as successor of Le Brun) premier peintre du Roy, director and chancellor of the Acad. Roy., director of the gobelins and the Roy. Picture Gallery ”
(Thieme-Becker XXIV, 546 f.).
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