Nicolas Régnier


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(1591–1667). Flemish painter who spent much of his career in Italy, where he was known as Niccolò Renieri. He trained in Antwerp with Abraham Janssens, one of the first Flemish painters to introduce the tenebrist manner of Caravaggio. Like other young northern artists Régnier fell under the spell of Caravaggio's dramatic and naturalistic style. For a decade from around 1615 he was in Rome working in the circle of Bartolomeo Manfredi. Pictures from this period include some of his best, among them The Fortune-Teller (Paris, Louvre) and David with the Head of Goliath (Rome, Gal. Spada). From about 1625 Régnier lived in Venice. There, inspired by the tradition of Veronese and the art of the contemporary Bolognese School, his palette lightened and became more colourful while his style became more elegant and superficial (e.g. Allegory of Sculpture; Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg). He was also active as a collector and dealer.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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