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Liotard: the great artist you have never heard of

— September 2015

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Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702–89) Laura Tarsi, 'A Grecian Lady', c.1745–49 Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 9mmx77mm © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

A once infamously eccentric artist gets his due with exhibitions in Scotland and London

Never heard of Liotard? You’re not alone. To quote Christopher Baker, director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and one of the exhibition’s organizers, ‘Liotard is perhaps one of the greatest artists that most people have never heard of’.    

There are many reasons for this neglect. Liotard came from Geneva, and as citizen of...

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