Charles Le Brun (1619-1690)
The Sacrifice of Polyxena

signed and dated ‘C.L.B.F. (Charles Le Brun Fecit) 1647’
oil on canvas
70.5 × 51.6 in. (179 × 131 cm)

A previously unrecorded masterpiece by Charles Le Brun, official painter to Louis XIV, discovered by Joseph Friedman at the Ritz Hotel, Paris, and sold through auction to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for €1.44m, a world record price for the artist