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French-Catalan painter Jacint Rigau-Ros i Serra, better known as Hyacinthe Rigaud, was one of the most important artists of the baroque period. His works are famous for depicting the nobility and the French kings.

Hyacinthe Rigaud was born in Roussillon, France, and was the grandson of a painter-gilder and a tailor. As a young man, he studied under Antoine Ranc in Montpellier and then in Lyon. The latter is credited with introducing Rigaud to Flemish and Dutch painting. He also cultivated an interest in Rembrandt and Van Dyck.

His father and grandfather were both painters and they helped Hyacinthe gain experience. The artist's grandfather, Jacinto major, was a painter who worked for the court. His father, Honorat minor, was a textile merchant. They acquired the house on place de l'Huile in 1665. His family had income from the vineyards in the Bompas territory. When he was eighteen, Hyacinthe moved to Lyon.

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