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Saint Geneviève, Patron Saint of Paris

1758-1759
Jean Joseph Balechou, (French, 1716–1764) After a painting dated 1740 by Carle Vanloo, (French, 1705–1765)
After successfully establishing himself as a portrait engraver in Paris in the 1740s, Jean-Joseph Balechou returned to his native Provence, where he began his career as a printmaker in Avignon. Balechou made a business of engraving paintings by contemporary French artists in local collections, including Carle van Loo's Saint-Geneviève, Patron Saint of Paris. Balechou dedicated this print to Louis XV-after receiving official permission to do so from the marquis de Marigny in 1759. This was a savvy move, since the king attributed his recovery from serious illness in 1744 to Saint Geneviève and vowed to rebuild the church in Paris containing her shrine....

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