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October 16, 2007
Alain Tapié and Nicolas Sainte Fare Garnot Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674): Entre politique et dévotion Exh. cat. Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 2006. 328 pp.; 179 color ills.; 36 b/w ills. Paper Euros 45.00 (9782711852420)

Exhibition schedule: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, April 27, 2007–August 15, 2007; Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland, September 20, 2007–January 13, 2008

Philippe de Champaigne. Moses Presenting the Tablets of the Law (1648). Oil on canvas. 93 cm x 74 cm. Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Compared to his contemporaries such as Nicolas Poussin and Georges de la Tour, Philippe de Champaigne remains the one great painter of seventeenth-century France who has attracted little scholarly attention. Most scholarship reduces Champaigne’s artistic production to his portraits of Cardinal Richelieu and to his involvement with the Benedictine Convent of Port-Royal, seen as the stronghold of Jansenism in France and to which he gave his famous Ex-Voto (1662, cat. 57). Champaigne dominated both religious...