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ID number:  BIRBI-56.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Morin, Jean (c. 1590-1650)
Title / Object name:  Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1553-1617)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Europe: France, Île-de-France, Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1617
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Paper: 328 x 261 mm; mount: 558 x 405 mm

Morin was a French engraver best known for his portraits of royalty and politicians. This print was created after a painting by Ferdinand Elle (1570-1637), court artist to Louis XIII. De Thou was a French statesman who drafted the Edict of Nantes (1598) that decreed toleration of the Huguenots (French Protestant Christians). His high status is signified by his lace ruff and expensive fur trimmings. The fur is particularly highlighted by Morin’s technique of line and stipple, which allowed him to create tone and texture.

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