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 Trophime Bigot



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(b Arles, c. 1579; d Avignon, Feb 1650).

French painter. He was first recorded in Provence in 1605 as a maître peintre, having presumably served his apprenticeship in a studio in Arles. In 1623 in Provence a cousin claimed his property, on presumption of his death; but from 1620 to 1629 a French painter, Trophime Bigot or Teofilo Bigotti, was documented in the records of the Accademia di S Luca as working in Rome. The same records mention in 1624 one Teofilo Troffamondo, and a painter called Trufemondi appears in the Roman Stati díanime of 1630. Sandrart mentions a Languedoc painter named Trufemondi who specialized in nocturnal half-length Caravaggesque compositions. In 1690 an inventory of the Giustiniani collection in Rome assigned two paintings that fit this description, the Virgin and Child with St Joseph and Soldiers Dicing for Christís Garment, to Teofilo Trofamonti. It is generally agreed that Trufemondi (and all its variant forms), as well as Teofilo Bigotti can be identified with Trophime Bigot, and that while living in Rome in the 1620s he painted nocturnal half-length figures (all of which are untraced) in the manner of Caravaggio.


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