From elite drawing rooms to gritty taverns, Valentin's work illuminates the timeless drama of Renaissance Rome. Discover the details that characterize his technique and groundbreaking approach with expert commentary by the chairman of The Met's Department of European Paintings and others.
Banner image: Valentin de Boulogne (French, 1591–1632). Samson (detail), 1631. Oil on canvas, 53 3/8 x 40 7/16 in. (135.6 x 102.8 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund (inv. 1972.50). Blog Series image: Valentin de Boulogne (French, 1591–1632). Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats) (detail), ca. 1615. Oil on canvas, 47 5/8 x 59 13/16 in. (121 x 152 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Patrons' Permanent Fund