Jean Denis Attiret

French Jesuit painter. Born Dole, France, 31 July 1702; died Beijing, China, 8 December 1768. After studying art at Rome, he entered the Society of Jesus as a lay brother, and was sent to China. His skill as a portrait-painter led to his appointment as painter to the emperor, who made him a mandarin. To meet the wishes of his patron, most of his work was executed according to Chinese taste and methods.

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