Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)
Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)
Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)
Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)
Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)
Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)

Period of LOUIS-MICHEL VAN LOO (1707-1771)

Portrait of François Joachim Bernard Potier (1692-1757)

c. 1750 to c. 1800 France

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The portrait of this noble man who was 2nd Duke de Gesvres, Duke of Tresme, Marquis de Fontenay, and First Gentleman of the King’s Chamber, depicts him shortly after 1728 when he received the ancient honor of chivalry, the L’Ordre de Saint-Esprit (Order of The Holy Spirit). The Duke is wearing full armor and the blue sash. Painted in the 18th century, following a common practice of the time, it is probably a copy of a (now) lost painting of the sitter and as such an important image. Van Loo's Royal portraits both in Spain and in France were copied extensively to serve as official images of the rulers. Van Loo is known to have depicted this sitter at least twice (one full length, standing beside a draped table with the order and the blue sash upon) and the type is most particular to the artist around 1733 when admitted to the Academy. During that time his work reflects the influence of Hyacinthe Rigaud and the pompous staging of their models. The nobleman bears the symbols of his power and prestige and the work is the result of a technical virtuosity in the metal surfaces. At the same time, the softness of the flesh tones produces a pleasing overall effect.

The Order of the Holy Spirit, founded in 1578, was preserved for the nobility and eventually came to replace - or at least compete with - the Order of Saint Michael. Whereas the Order of Saint Michael had become so widespread that it became devalued in the eyes of the King and court, the Order of the Holy Spirit was to remain only for the nobility and was also limited to 100 to further enhance the order's prestige. To become a knight of this order you had to be at least 35 years old, be Catholic and be able to produce a noble lineage back at least three generations.
Very old private collection in northern France.
Dimensions
Height 66.00 cm (25.98 inches)
Width 54.00 cm (21.26 inches)
External Height 86.00 cm (33.86 inches)
External Width 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas.
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