(b ?Burgundy, ?c.1590; d Paris, Nov. 1649). French history painter and engraver. He had two stays in Rome (c.1625–8 and 1635–45) and his style was formed on the example of Lanfranco (in whose studio he worked during his first visit), Pietro da Cortona, and the Carracci. His decorative work helped to introduce the grand Baroque style to France, but almost all of it has been destroyed or altered. However, his influence can be seen in the work of Charles Le Brun, who was briefly his pupil.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.