François Bernard Lépicié
During the eighteenth century, François Bernard Lépicié was celebrated for skillfully translating the paintings of Jean-Siméon Chardin into engravings. He frequently added short, often moralizing poems that commented on the scenes and which could even affect the ways in which Chardin's paintings were interpreted. In Le Bénédicité, Lépicié depicted an intimate domestic scene, adding a few lines that make reference both to the work's title – the Latin blessing traditionally said before meals – and the small child rushing through his prayer because of his hunger. Le Bénédicité is an important addition to the Museum's strong collection of works on paper.