|Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, 1785|
We've had an artistic time of late and today return to the canvas to meet a man who was artistic royalty, coming from a long line of illustrious, successful painters. Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo became known as a painter of portraits and allegories and enjoyed a celebrated career.
Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo was born to the painter Jean-Baptiste van Loo and his wife, Marguerite Le Brun. With three generations of artistic blood running in his veins, the young van Loo showed an early aptitude for art and under the tutelage of his father, developed his skills and talent at a startling rate. He focussed on the basics of illustration and anatomy during his early years in Turin before moving on to Rome and more ambitious pieces, developing a particular interest in allegorical works.
|The Camera Obscura, 1764|
When he reached the age of 19, van Loo's efforts were rewarded with the prestigious Prix de Rome. Following this victory he spent some time travelling Italy and eventually arrived in France, joining the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1747. That same year he married Marie-Marguerite Lebrun, the happiness of his personal life mirrored by professional success.
|Luise Henriette Wilhelmine von Anhalt-Dessaui|
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