Happy Birthday Nicolas Taunay!! French painter, born in 1755, Nicolas Taunay began his study of art with Bernard Francois Lepic at age 13. He was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Paris and then traveled to Rome, Germany and finally Brazil to become the professor of landscape painting at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. After a disagreement regarding the new director of the school, he returned to France a year later. Morro de Santo Antonio, painted in Brazil in 1816 is pictured below.