Jeannine Baticle

Jeannine Baticle (1920 – 24 December 2014) was a French art historian, Honorary Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Department of Paintings of the Louvre Museum,[1] and a specialist in Spanish painting.

Jeannine Baticle
Born1920 (1920)
Died24 December 2014(2014-12-24) (aged 93–94)
Alma materÉcole du Louvre
OccupationArt historian, museum curator
EmployerLouvre Museum


Baticle has devoted her entire career to the Louvre Museum and Spanish art. After completing the courses at École du Louvre, she started to work for the Painting Department of Louvre Museum as an assistant in 1945. She defended her thesis Le dessin espagnol au XVIIème siècle : École de Madrid in 1947. She was appointed titular assistant in 1952 and conservator in 1962. She was also the director of the Goya Museum in Castres between 1980 and 1986.[2]

She co-authored Histoire de la peinture espagnole : Du XIIᵉ au XIXᵉ siècle with Paul Guinard in 1950, then she organized several exhibitions both in France and abroad. In 1963, she collaborated with Michel Laclotte and Robert Mesuret to present the Trésors de la peinture espagnole dans les églises et musées de France at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. In 1970, she curated the exhibition Goya at the art museum Mauritshuis in The Hague, and then at Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. The following year, she organised Eugenio Lucas et les satellites de Goya at Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille and Goya Museum.[2] She also curated in 1987 and in January 1988, the important retrospective exhibitions of Zurbarán at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Grand Palais in Paris, respectively.[3]

Over the years Baticle has acquired a deep knowledge of Spain, about its history and customs, which allowed her to situate the works of painters in their social and political context.[4]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Goya, d'or et de sang, collection « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 7), série Arts. Éditions Gallimard, 1986
    • UK edition – Goya: Painter of Terror and Splendour, 'New Horizons' series. Thames & Hudson, 1994
    • US edition – Goya: Painter of Terrible Splendor, "Abrams Discoveries" series. Harry N. Abrams, 1994
  • Zurbarán, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987, 2013
  • Velázquez : Peintre hidalgo, collection « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 73), série Arts. Éditions Gallimard, 1989 (new edition in 2015)[5]
  • Goya, collection « Sciences humaines », Librairie Arthème Fayard, 1992


  1. ^ "Jeanine Baticle (Babelio)". (in French). Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ressort, Claudie (12 January 2015). "Disparition de Jeannine Baticle". (in French). Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ Baticle, Jeannine (2000) [1986]. Goya d'or et de sang. Collection "Découvertes Gallimard" (in French). 7 (7th ed.). Paris: Éditions Gallimard. p. 10. ISBN 978-2-070-53023-6. About the author
  4. ^ Baticle, Jeannine (1990). Velázquez, el pintor hidalgo. Collection "Aguilar Universal" (in Spanish). 18. Translated by Echevarría, Irene; Gil, Julia G. Madrid: Aguilar, S. A. de Ediciones. p. 8. ISBN 978-8-4036-0139-0. About the author
  5. ^ "Velázquez : Peintre hidalgo, collection Découvertes Gallimard (n° 73)" (in French). Éditions Gallimard. 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)