Antoine Singlin

Philippe de Champaigneabout 1646

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Antoine Singlin fixes the viewer with a steady, piercing gaze. Before his excommunication in 1661, Singlin served as confessor both to Louis XIV, King of France and the philosopher Blaise Pascal. He was also director of Royal-des-Champs and Port-Royal-de-Paris, convents at the center of the severely ascetic religious movement known as Jansenism.

This psychologically penetrating study captures the fierce personality of the man and his austere beliefs. Philippe de Champaigne placed Singlin in half-length format against a neutral background, leaving the viewer little choice but to meet Singlin's direct stare.

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  • Title: Antoine Singlin
  • Creator: Philippe de Champaigne
  • Date: about 1646
  • Physical Dimensions: 79.1 x 65.1 cm (31 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 87.PA.3
  • Inscription: Inscribed, lower edge: "Messire Anthoine Singlin decédé le 17. / Avril 1664. Ph. Champaigne".
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum East Pavilion, Gallery E202
  • Department: Paintings
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Paintings