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Nicolas Mignard, Self-portrait, between 1621 and 1668, Calvet Museum

Nicolas Mignard (1606–1668) was a French painter. He spent most of his active life in Avignon and was the older brother of Pierre Mignard, and the father of Pierre II Mignard.


The Shepherd Faustulus Bringing Romulus and Remus to His Wife, 1654, Dallas Museum of Art
Venus and Adonis, c.1650, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Nicolas Mignard was born in Troyes in 1606. There, he studied painting with a local master. After traveling to Fontainebleau, Mignard came to Avignon in 1632. He then traveled to Rome with Cardinal Archbishop of Lyon. Mignard came back to Avignon in 1636, after having executed multiple series of etching in Rome.[1] There, he mostly painted for religious institutions. Mignard spent the end of his life in Paris, where he became a successful portrait painter. Mignard left Paris after a visit of King Louis XIV and his Court in Avignon. King Louis XIV decided to bring Mignard to Paris. Mignard eventually joined the Academie Royale.[1]

Mignard’s spending most of his life in Avignon made his career somewhat overshadowed by his younger brother Pierre, who was installed in Paris. After his death, paintings by Nicolas Mignard mostly stayed in Avignon or in small cities around Avignon. During the French Revolution, as these paintings were taken over, most of them were attributed to Pierre Mignard.[2]

His art is now rediscovered. His style is typical of the Italianate classicizing aesthetic that dominated seventeenth-century France, and obviously was very much influenced by French classical Baroque painter Poussin.

Nicolas Mignard died in 1668 in Paris.


  1. ^ a b Getty Museum
  2. ^ Anthony Blunt, The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 121, No. 918 (Sep., 1979), pp. 603–605+607


  • Nicolas Mignard at Avignon, catalogue of the 1979 Avignon exhibition, by Antoine Schnapper (1979)
  • Dallas Museum of Art, A Guide to the Collection, 1997 catalogue, p 82

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Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:33:09 -0800

Gallery: Bruce Dayton, longtime Twin Cities and Minnesota philanthropist, was a trustee and benefactor of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for more than 70 years. He's pictured in 1992 among an exhibition at the MIA, "Self Portrait" by Jean-Laurent ...


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:36:22 -0800

A visible image of the metasurface (top left) and its emission response at different polarizations and wavelengths. The top right image reproduces a painting of French playwright Molière by Nicolas Mignard. Courtesy of M. Makhsiyan/ONERA.
La Tribune de l'Art
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:07:30 -0700

11/4/13 - Acquisition - Paris, Musée du Louvre - Dans notre recension de la foire de Maastricht de 2009, nous avions reproduit un beau tableau de Nicolas Mignard, L'Enlèvement de Proserpine (ill. 1), présenté par la Galleria Silvano & Lodi. L'œuvre ...

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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:52:30 -0800

For its three shows next season, Dallas' Shakes fest throws Moliere into the mix. Plus Much Ado and Antony and Cleopatra. by Mark Lowry published Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Photo: WikiMedia Commons. A portrait of Moliere as Julius Caesar, by Nicolas ...

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OUPblog (blog)
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 00:26:15 -0800

Molière - Nicolas Mignard (1658) Writing those words anticipating his own death was surely tempting fate, but long before his last play, audiences had got used to seeing Molière on stage speaking lines which seemed to cast an ironic light on his own life.

Le Télégramme

Le Télégramme
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:31:08 -0700

On peut également jeter plus qu'un coup d'oeil aux oeuvres d'art du lieu, comme les tableaux de Pierre et de Nicolas Mignard, de Simon Vouet ou de Pierre Parrocel à la collégiale Notre-Dame-des-Anges. Ou les expositions de la Villa Datris ou de l'hôtel ...

Le Progrès

Le Progrès
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 20:07:58 -0700

D'autres activités sont prévues comme la construction d'un four en fibre céramique et de deux fours en terre pour cuissons au bois gazogène, de type « Coissou». Association Renc'Art, 11 rue de l'Université. Bus STAS n°4 ou n°9 (arrêt Nicolas Mignard).

Kultura z Wiarą

Kultura z Wiarą
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 20:45:00 -0700

Nicolas Mignard „Matka Boża z góry Karmel dająca szkaplerz św. Szymonowi Stockowi”, olej na płótnie, 1644 Muzeum Calvet, Awinion. Obraz ilustruje prywatne objawienie, jakiego w nocy z 15 na 16 lipca 1251 r. w klasztorze Ayelsford w Anglii doznał św.

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