Vincenzio Vangelisti – Portrait of a Bishop – Circa 1780
Vincenzio Vangelisti (c. 1740-1798) was an Italian engraver, born in Florence. He visited Paris when young, where he became a pupil of Ignazio Hugford and Johann Georg Wille. In 1766, Emperor Leopold II of Austria invited him to Milan, where he became professor in the Brera Academy, and in 1790 first director of the School of Engraving instituted by that prince. Among the engravers who studied under him were Giuseppe Longhi, who succeeded him as professor, and Faustino and Pietro Anderloni.
Louis-François-Gabriel d'Orléans de La Motte, born in Carpentras on January 13, 1683 and died on June 10, 1774 in Amiens, was a 17th and 18th century French clergyman. He was Bishop of Amiens from 1733 to 1774.
He began his studies with the Jesuits in Avignon and continued studying at the University of Sapience in Rome. He began his ecclesiastical career as a theologian at the Carpentras diocese before becoming the vicar general of the Archbishop of Arles Jacques II de Forbin-Janson, a position he held during the plague of 1720-1721. He sat on the Council of Embrun. After the conviction of Jean Soanen, he was appointed vicar general and administrator of the diocese of Senez from 1728 to 1733, following Jean d'Yse de Saléon.
He took possession of the bishopric of Amiens on May 11, 1733, and was consecrated on July 4, 1734. He was also abbot commendatory of the abbey of Valloires, which he had rebuilt in its entirety. He financed the embellishment works of the Maison du Chapitre of Croissy-sur-Celle, which took place from 1734 to 1767, and initiated works on the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul chapel in Amiens and the Notre-Dame d'Amiens cathedral. During his ministry, he was a fervent opponent of Jansenism and defender of the Jesuits.
Sources: Benezit, Dictionary of Artists; British Museum; Archives de France; Martial Levé, Louis-François-Gabriel d'Orléans de La Motte, évêque d'Amiens (1683-1774), Abbeville, éd. Charles Paillart, ; Abbé Proyart, Vie de M. d'Orléans de La Motte, évêque d'Amiens, Lille, L. Lefort, 1849. Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves (ed.). Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z).
Artist: Vincenzio Vangelisti (c. 1740-1798).
Medium: Line engraving.
Condition: Very good condition
Dimensions: 26.5 x 18.4 cm / 10 ½ x 7 ¼ in. (sheet) – 24.5 x 16 cm. / 9 ¾ x 6 ¼ in. (image).
Frame: 37.5 x 29 cm / 14 ¾ x 11 ½ in. Black wood, acid-free matting and glass.