“Diderot” by Fragonard

It seems that the famous portrait of Denis Diderot by Fragonard does not represent the philosopher after all, Le Figaro reports. There is no doubt though that it was painted by Fragonard, so in terms of artistic merit nothing changes.

My interest on this painting lies on the fact that it once belonged to the Daupiás Collection, about which we wrote here before.  The industrialist Count Pedro Daupiás gathered in Lisbon a superb paintings collection sadly sold in Paris in 1892, leaving a lavish auction catalogue where the Fragonard painting is reproduced.


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