National Geographic : 1952 Jan
© National Geographic Society 84 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection) PHILIPPE DE CHAMPAGNE (1602-74), French * Omer Talon Born in Brussels of Flemish parents. Champagne went to Paris when lie was 19 years old; hence le is claimed by the French School. As a portraitist, he achieved lifelike resemblance. His glimpses of Richelieu are so real they make the Cardinal seem still alive. In this life-size painting of Omer Talon, 17th-century writer and jurist. Champagne developed a dramatic harmony of reds. Talon's eyes seem to follow any beholder walking past the portrait. Until recently the picture remained a possession of the De Buttet family in their French castle.