Antoine Singlin

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Antoine Singlin


Philippe de Champaigne (French, born Belgium, 1602 - 1674)




about 1646


Oil on canvas


79.1 x 65.1 cm (31 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

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Antoine Singlin fixes the viewer with a steady, piercing gaze. Before his excommunication in 1661, Singlin served as confessor both to Louis XIV, King of France and the philosopher Blaise Pascal. He was also director of Royal-des-Champs and Port-Royal-de-Paris, convents at the center of the severely ascetic religious movement known as Jansenism.

This psychologically penetrating study captures the fierce personality of the man and his austere beliefs. Philippe de Champaigne placed Singlin in half-length format against a neutral background, leaving the viewer little choice but to meet Singlin's direct stare.

about 1646 - 1709

Port-Royal-des-Champs (Paris, France)

1709 -

Holleaux Family, by inheritance to Jean Marc Holleaux.

- 1987

Jean Marc Holleaux (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987.

Philippe de Champaigne (January 1 to May 22, 1952) (Cat. 22)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), January 1 to April 1, 1952
  • Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Gand), April 10 to May 22, 1952
Blaise Pascal: 1623-1662 (1962) (Cat. 317)
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, (Paris), 1962
Philippe de Champaigne et Port-Royal (April 29 to August 28, 1995) (Cat. 16)
  • Musée National des Granges de Port-Royal, (Magny-les Hameaux), April 29 to August 28, 1995