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Paul Fràart de Chantelou, Ludovic Lalanne

Diary of the Cavaliere Bernini's Visit to France

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Freart de Chantelou, Paul (1609-1694).

Paul Fréart de Chantelou (25 March 1609 – 1694) was a French collector and patron of the arts. He encouraged major artists of his era, in particular (1594–1665) and (1598–1680), and is known for his diary describing Bernini's visit to Paris in 1665 (first published in 1885).

Paul Fréart was born in , the third son of Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou and grand provost of Maine (died 1611). Paul's older brothers, Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou (1604–1674), and (1606–1676), were also connoisseurs and patrons of the arts.

LE BERNIN]. FREART DE CHANTELOU (Paul).

Freart de Chantelou, Paul (1609-1694).

Paul Fréart was born in , the third son of Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou and grand provost of Maine (died 1611). Paul's older brothers, Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou (1604–1674), and (1606–1676), were also connoisseurs and patrons of the arts.

In 1638 Paul Fréart de Chantelou became a secretary to his cousin, , the superintendent of the , who sent Paul and his brother Roland to Rome in 1639 and 1640, principally to fetch Poussin, but also to bring back casts and designs of Roman antiquities for the French court. Poussin's return to Paris in December 1640 would doubtless have resulted in the end of his artistic career had he not attached himself to a prestigious clientele of Parisian amateurs, among whom Chantelou was of the most influential. The two men had a long correspondence which even today provides a rich source of details on the artist's life and his artistic conception.