Artist Jean Marc Nattier
French, 1685-1766
Title
  • The Countess de Brac as Aurora
  • La Nuit passe et l'Aurore paroît (Alternate Title)
Date 1741
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 57 1/2 × 45 inches (146.1 × 114.3 cm)
Framed: 69 × 56 3/8 × 4 3/4 inches (175.3 × 143.2 × 12.1 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence P. Fisher
Accession Number 68.304
Department European Painting
On View Fashionable Living: S330.4, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower center: Nattier Pinxit | 1741,
by 1925, Count Henri de Castellane (Paris, France);
Galerie Cailleux (Paris, France);
1928, Howard Young (New York, New York, USA);
possibly before 1930, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence P. Fisher (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1968-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Goncourt, J. and E. de. La Duchesse de Châteauroux et ses soeurs. Paris, 1879, pp. 271-272.

Engerand, F. "Nattier, peintre des favorites de Louis XV." La Revue de l'art ancien et moderne, November 1897, p. 329, pp. 327-334; December 1897, (ill.) p. 333 .[(ill.) is engraving by Maloeuvre.]

Nolhac, P. de. J.-M. Nattier peintre de la cour de Louis XV. Paris, 1905, pp. 62-63, 152, (ill.) drawing. [probably after this painting, then in coll. of comte Primoli]; Paris,1925 updated edition pp. 113, 270.

Nolhac, P. de. "Un problème iconographique. Le portrait de la marquise de Vintimille." La Revue de l'art ancien et moderne, July-August 1928, pp. 85-88 (ill.).

Huard, G. "Nattier, 1685 à 1766." in Dimier, L., les Peintres français du XVIIIe siècle. Histoire des vies et catalogue des oeuvres. Paris and Brussels, 1930, vol. 2, p. 128, no. 127.

Heil , W. "Lawrence P. Fisher Collection-Detroit," Antiquarian, vol 15, Dec. 1930, p. 110, ill. p. 49 (article pp. 45-49, 108, 110, 112).

Salmon, Xavier. Jean-Marc Nattier 1685-1766." Exh. cat., Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon. Versailles, 2000, pp. 132-134, no. 29, p. 133 (color ill.).

Salmon, Xavier. "Le musée idéal." Dossier de l'art, Novembre 1999, no. 62, pp. 62-71, 63 (ill.).