Jacques Gamelin (French, 1738–1803)

Gamelin first trained in business under Nicolas Joseph de Marcassus, baron de Puymaurin, but seeing his mentee had much more acumen in the arts, Puymaurin paid for his enrollment at the Académie royale de Toulouse. Five years later, Gamelin won the Académie’s first prize. Under Puymaurin’s financial assistance, Gamelin traveled to Rome to study under Jacques-Louis David, and became painter to Pope Clement XIV. Gamelin returned to France to teach at the Académie. He is most known today for his epic battle and mythological scenes, found in museums throughout France. He is also known for his loose and expressive drawings using washes, and his anatomical prints