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Baron Jean-Baptiste Regnault (Paris 1754-1829)
Baron Jean-Baptiste Regnault (Paris 1754-1829)

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

Details
Baron Jean-Baptiste Regnault (Paris 1754-1829)
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
oil on canvas
28¾ x 36in. (73 x 91.5cm.)
Provenance
The estate of the artist; sale, Paillet, Paris, 1-5 March 1830, lot 90.
with Didier Aaron, Paris, 1994-5.
Sale room notice
Please note that the present lot is unlined.

Lot Essay

The present picture is a study for two figures in a large Deposition (425 x 233cm.) exhibited at the Salon of 1789. This imposing religious scene had been ordered from the artist by the Director of the Bâtiments du Roi to be placed on the main altar at the Trinity Chapel of the Château de Fontainebleau. The painting was never installed and is today in the Musée du Louvre.

In the artist's studio sale in 1830, the present study was described as: 'Deux têtes de vieillards et colossals, l'une dans la demi-teinte et l'autre dans la lumière'.
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