The Sacrifice of Iphigenia by Charles de La Fosse
The Sacrifice of Iphigenia by Charles de La Fosse

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia (Le sacrifice d’Iphigénie) c1680 by French Painter Charles de La Fosse (1636 – 1716); known for his many decorations of public buildings throughout Europe.

This is another version of The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, a Greek Mythological story in which Agamemnon on his way to the Trojan War, offends the Goddess Artemis; who in retaliation for his offense prevents the Greek troops from reaching Troy.

In order to make up for his disrespect of Artemis Agamemnon must sacrifice Iphigenia at Aulis, a Greek port town located in ancient Boeotia in central Greece, at the Euripus Strait, opposite of the island of Euboea.

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image, as with all the artwork that can be found on the Xzendor7 website is available for purchase online in a variety of material formats including canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, wood prints, framed prints, posters, and as rolled canvas prints in a variety of sizes from 12 inches to 72 inches depending on the size of the actual artwork and the print on demand shop you choose to buy the art from.

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

He was one of the most noted and least servile pupils of Le Brun, under whose direction he shared in the chief of the great decorative works undertaken in the reign of Louis XIV. Leaving France in 1662, he spent two years in Rome and three in Venice. The influence of his prolonged studies of Veronese is evident in his Finding of Moses (Louvre), and in his Rape of Proserpine (Louvre), which he presented to the Royal Academy as his diploma picture in 1673.

He was at once named assistant professor, and in 1674 the full responsibilities of the office devolved on him, but his engagements did not prevent his accepting in 1689 the invitation of Lord Montagu to decorate Montagu House situated in Bloomsbury.

He visited London twice, remaining on the second occasion—together with Jacques Rousseau and Monnoyer more than two years. William III vainly strove to detain him in England by the proposal that he should decorate Hampton Court, for Le Brun was dead, and Mansart pressed La Fosse to return to Paris to take in hand the cupola of Les Invalides.

The decorations of Montagu House are destroyed, those of Versailles are restored, and the dome of the Invalides (engraved, Picart and Cochin) is now the only work existing which gives a full measure of his talent. During his latter years La Fosse executed many other important decorations in public buildings and private houses, notably in that of Crozat, under whose roof he died on 13 December 1716.

The artis’t works and conception played a key role in the French art history from shifting the classicism of the French style from the court of Louis XIV towards the lighter and more playful Rococo period’s style. La Fosse’s style prior to his emergence from the shadow of Le Brun remains a mystery, with very few sheets by him dating earlier than 1680.

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