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Alexandre’s Meeting with the Queen of the Amazon – at the Musée Calvet

August 16, 2012

Attributed to Pierre Mignard (1612-1695)
Alexandre’s Meeting with
the Queen of the Amazon, circa 1660
Oil on Canvas – 248 x 249 cm
Avignon, Musée Calvet
Photo : Musée Calvet

The Art Tribune has an intriguing story about the Musée Calvet’s acquisition of this splendid painting attributed to Pierre Mignard (above) – here’s an excerpt from the complete account:

The painting had been on view already for several years with a sign stating : “Formerly in the collection of Montillet de Grenaud, chartreuse de Bonpas. Acquired after 1943” and inventory number “998.0.2”. But the story is much more complicated and this work which had been taken out of storage was actually a forgotten deposit, fortunately brought back to light by the new curator Sylvain Boyer.

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