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Jacques Blanchard
Paris, 1600-1638
Oil on canvas.
Traditionally called the “French Titian,” though really more indebted to the Venetian master Veronese, Blanchard infused relatively simple scenes and figure types based on classical models with a soft luminosity, tactile paint handling, and sensuous appeal. The personification of Charity, which offered a noble pretext for rendering images of alluring female beauty, was a favorite of Blanchard and his patrons. This is one of several interpretations of the subject by the artist and one of six known versions of this particular composition.