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Jean-Baptiste Belin - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Jean-Baptiste Belin (1653 - 1715)

Because of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay was forced to decide whether to keep his Protestant faith and leave his hometown, or stay and convert to Catholicism. Belin chose the latter option and continued to work at Louis XIV’s court. Belin studied under Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer and married his daughter. He then worked as a flower painter at the Gobelins tapestry manufactory. In addition, Belin painted floral murals at multiple royal castles, including Fontainebleau and Versailles. was born in Caen, France in 1653 and died in Paris in 1715. He also collaborated with other painters, providing the floral borders in portrait paintings and tapestry cartoons for Gobelins manufactory from 1687. Towards the end of his life, the king honored him by providing him with a pension and lodgings in the Palais du Louvre. One of his sons was named Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay II (1688-1730) and painted in a similar style.

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