La Font de Saint-Yenne, Etienne (1688 - 1771).
French courtier and critic. Born into a bourgeois family involved in the Lyon silk trade, he became one of the most celebrated art critics of the 18th century. He has been called the father of modern art criticism, and to the extent that he was the precursor of Denis Diderot this claim stands. He was certainly the first important critic in France.