Nationalmuseum has added a work by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Singry to its renowned collection of miniatures. With this masterful portrait of the actor Antoine Michaut, the artist was trying to compete with larger-format oil paintings. The acquisition is one of two known replicas and was formerly part of Ernst Holzscheiter’s collection. Jean-Baptiste Singry (1782–1824)was among the most prominent pupils of Jean-Baptiste Isabey. He acquired great technical skill early in his career, and his characterization of human subjects often rivalled that of his teacher. Besides commissions for members of the social elite, Singry specialized in portraits of actors. His depiction of the much-loved Michaut not only exhibits the aforementioned qualities but is also a match for larger-format oil paintings. This ambition was especially evident

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