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Michel Dorigny
Saint-Quentin, France, 1617-Paris, 1665
A Saint Holding a Candle, 1640s
Oil on wood panel.
Dorigny became a strict follower of his father-in-law, Simon Vouet. At times his style follows the master’s so closely as to risk confusion with it. Generally, though, Dorigny’s work tends to be more abstract, rigid, and superficial in its characterization. This panel is notable for its refined craft and high finish, as well as its superb condition. In addition to paintings, Dorigny produced about ninety reproductive engravings after Vouet’s compositions.