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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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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:14:07 -0700

Nous toise tous depuis 1660, année où Nicolas Mignard a peint le monarque, pas encore bouffi de suffisance. Stoïque depuis plus de trois siècles... Derrière moi, là-bas, toujours la plaie, l'entaille lie-de-vin. Fuir ? Ou simplement partir à pas de ...


Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:06:03 -0700

Cette plaie, décidément, me poursuit. Je m'en détourne d'un coup sec, m'en vais vers Louis XIV, curieusement à l'écart sur le palier. Il me toise. Nous toise tous depuis 1660, année où Nicolas Mignard a peint le monarque, pas encore bouffi de suffisance.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:10:46 -0800

French art was Dayton's first love, and his gifts range from popular crowd-pleasers like the Monet grainstack to grand subjects like “Venus and Adonis,” an allegorical love scene from 1650 by Nicolas Mignard, court painter to King Louis XIV, and ...


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 ...

La Croix

La Croix
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:52:30 -0700

Fermée durant trente mois pour rénovation, la cathédrale rouvre ses portes le 24 mars, à l'occasion de la messe chrismale du Jeudi saint. Nettoyés, l'entrée, la nef et le chœur soulignent la finesse d'un édifice mêlant avec harmonie architecture ...

TheaterJones Performing Arts News

TheaterJones Performing Arts News
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 ...

OUPblog (blog)

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.

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