by François Quesnel (1543-1616)
Thanks to the Friends of the Musée Condé, the Château de Chantilly was able to acquire a child’s portrait drawn by François Quesnel (1543-1616) at the public auction organized by Artcurial on March 23, 2022, exercising the State’s right of pre-emption, for €28,000 at the hammer.
Decorator, altarpiece painter and designer of cartoons for tapestries, Quesnel was above all a portraitist, in oil and pencil. Son of Pierre Quesnel, a painter in the service of James V of Scotland, François Quesnel appears in the royal accounts from 1571 onwards for royal entrance decorations and coin designs. He was never a painter to the king, but was one of the most successful portraitists, especially at court, in the generation following the death of François Clouet.
Most of his works are now in the Prints and Photography Department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and in the Boldéian Library in Oxford. The Portrait of a Young Boy pre-empted by the Musée Condé is one of the few sheets to bear an inscription giving him authorship of the drawing. Known for nearly a century, this drawing has helped establish the artist’s corpus.
In her current exhibition „Between the Worlds“ at the Galerie am Domhof in Zwickau from 08.05. to 10.07.2022, the artist shows the entire breadth of her artistic formal language, also inspired by scholarship stays in Virginia and Ohio (USA), among others, at the Künstlerbahnhof Ebernburg (Palatinate)
A pioneer in the rediscovery of this artistic movement, the Royal Monastery of Brou presents until 26 June the exhibition „Amour, Guerre & Beauté (Love, War & Beauty)“, which explores for the first time the way in which the sovereigns of the former Burgundian Netherlands