Portrait of Antoine Coysevox
by Pierre Mignard
This person is associated with: Baroque, Classicism
Born in Lyon from a family from Spain, he trained under Lérambert.
A prolific artist, he produced an enormous output of bronze or marble busts of virtually all the most important statesmen of the reign of Louis XIV, whom he portrayed several times. He also had a keen interest in marble allegories, which he made for the garden decorations of the palaces of the Tuileries, Marly, and principally Versailles.
He had a very successful career, becoming academician and adjunct professor the same day, on 11 April 1676; his reception piece was two marble busts of Lebrun and Colbert. Then he was promoted professor on 13 February 1677, adjunct rector on 29 April 1690, rector on 30 April 1694, and finally director of the French Academy from 24 July 1702 until 30 June 1705. He also became chancellor on 19 December 1716 until his death on 10 October 1720.
He was the master to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Elder and Jean Thierry.
Catalogue raisonné: Keller-Dorian Georges, Antoine Coysevox (1640-1720) Catalogue raisonné de son oeuvre, Paris, chez l'auteur, 1920, Tome I & Tome II.