Jean-Victor Schnetz was a history, portrait and genre painter and lithographer.
Schnetz was a pupil of David, Regnault and Gros. He exhibited at the Salon from 1812 until 1867. In 1819 he was awarded a first class medal at the Salon and in 1855 at the Exposition Universelle. He visited Italy many times and was director of the Villa Médicis in 1840. In Paris he carried out work for churches such as Notre-Dame de Lorette et Saint-Séverin. In April 1857 JW applied for permission from A. E. O. Nieuwerkerke to copy Schnetz's Les Adieux du consul Boëtus à sa famille (Musée des Augustins, Toulouse) then on display in the Louvre (#09214). His copy has not, so far, been located.
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