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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Bernard Picart

Bernard Picart (1673–1733) was a highly sought after French engraver who illustrated some of the most influential volumes published in Amsterdam in the early eighteenth century. His earliest training as an artist was with his father, engraver and print publisher Etienne Picart (1632–1721). He went on to study with Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) and Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet (1644–1717) at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris.By the age of sixteen Picart had become an accomplished artist and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Paris. In 1710 he moved to Amsterdam, an important center of European publishing in the early eighteenth century. He remained in Amsterdam the rest of his life.