Jean-Marc Nattier 1685-1766
Madme Bonier de la Mosson as Diana, Getty Museum
Portrait of a Lady, Saint Louis Art Museum
Portrait de Madame Geoffrin 1738, Fuji Art Museum
Portrait of Lady as a vestal virgin 1759, North Carolina Museum of Art
Jean-Marc Nattier ‘s father was a portrait painter, and his mother painted miniatures. Young Jean-Marc studied with them and attended the Académie Royale, soon winning a prize for drawing. He also gained attention by copying Charles Le Brun’s battle pictures and Peter Paul Rubens’s Marie de’ Medici cycle in the Louvre. Nattier’s godfather, Baroque painter Jean Jouvenet, encouraged him to study at the Académie de France in Rome, but Nattier never went to Italy because he was so busy in Paris. Except for working in Holland in 1717, he remained in his native city.