'Atalanta and Meleager'

Charles Le Brun (1619 - 1690)

Man presenting boar's head to a woman

Accession No: WAG2898

Meleager presents a wild boar's head to his love Atalanta, the huntress. The canvas is one of a series of six scenes from the story of Meleager, two others of which - 'The Hunt of Meleager' and 'The Death of Meleager' are in the Louvre. The set was commissioned from Le Brun in 1658 by Jean Valdor, engraver to the French King Louis XIV, and was used as designs for tapestries. As one of the founders of the French Academy of Painting and Sculpture Le Brun dominated the French art scene in the second half of the 17th century and porduced much of his best work as painter and designer for the Palace of Versailles.