Louvre Acquires Vouet Drawing at Christie's

May 28 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

La Tribune de l'Art has reported that the Louvre has acquired Simon Vouet's drawing of Cardinal Mazarin that sold at Christie's Paris yesterday. The drawing was purchased for €165,000 (without fees).

The auction house published a rather interesting article to accompany the three Vouet drawings that were included in the sale. It explains that the portraits were completed for the young Louis XIII, who wanted to become an artist himself.

As their works on paper expert mused:

‘It is easy to imagine Louis inquisitively watching Vouet over his shoulder, as the artist sketched away in his court,’ suggests Christie’s Old Master drawings specialist Hélène Rihal. ‘Maybe Louis even studied alongside him, pastel in hand.’

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