Richard Tassel

(c. 1582—1660)

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(b Langres, c. 1582; d Langres, 1660). French painter. He was the son of the painter Pierre Tassel, none of whose works is known to survive, and was presumably trained by his father. Three signed paintings on religious themes survive: the triptych Crucifixion with Donors (1608; Chalon-sur-Saône Cathedral); the Resurrection (1608; Beaune, Notre-Dame) and the Triumph of the Virgin (1617; Dijon, Mus. B.-A.). He was employed by the municipality of Langres to decorate the town for the entries of important people in 1608 and 1618, and in 1619 he painted a series of 16 allegorical figures in grisaille on the panelling of the ‘chambre dorée’ of the Parliament of Burgundy (Dijon, Pal. Justice). A number of other works may be attributed to him, including Aeneas and Anchises and the Vindication of Horatius (both Troyes, Mus. B.-A. & Archéol.); a Holy Family (Langres, Mus. St Didier) and a Self-portrait as a Pilgrim (two versions: wood, Langres, Mus. St Didier; and canvas, Dijon, Mus. B.-A.). All are painted in a rather ponderous Mannerist style.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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