CORNEILLE Michel I (b. ca. 1601, Orl_ans, d. 1664, Paris) Nationality : French
Painter, part of a French family of artists. Originally from Orleans, Michel Corneille I established himself in Paris as a painter of religious pictures, although he also carried out some interior decorations as well as cartoons for tapestries. He was a founder-member of the Academie Royale in 1648. His elder son, Michel Corneille II (1642-1708), who became the family's most successful member, was a prolific artist; like his younger brother Jean-Baptiste Corneille (1649-1695), he concentrated on religious pictures for both private and ecclesiastical patrons. Both these sons also practised as engravers.