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Jean Baptiste Colbert was a great French politician who served as the Minister of Finances of France from 1665 to 1683 under the rule of Louis XIV. His relentless hard work and thrift made him an esteemed minister. He achieved a reputation for his work of improving the state of French manufacturing and bringing the economy back from the brink of bankruptcy. Historians note that, despite Colbert's efforts, France actually became increasingly impoverished because of the King's ambitions and…

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Claude Lefebvre | Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), ministre | Images d’Art

Claude Lefebvre | Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), ministre | Images d’Art

Robert Nanteuil | Jean-Baptiste Colbert, ministre et secrétaire d'Etat (1619-1683) | Images d’Art

Fig. 4 : Robert Nanteuil, Portrait de Jean-Baptiste Colbert, 1676, pastel, 55,4 × 44 cm, Chantilly, musée Condé, inv. PE 343.