Engravings of Classical Statues from the Louvre
Paris: 1829
Bacchus

Bacchus

Bacchus

Bacchus

Esculape

Esculape
[Aesculapius (or Asclepios), God of Medicine]

Jason

Jason

Uranie

Uranie
[Urania, Muse of Astronomy]

Le Faune En Repos

Le Faune En Repos
[Resting Faun]

Le Faune Chasseur

Le Faune Chasseur
[Faun as Hunter]

Apollon Lycien

Apollon Lycien
[Lycian Apollo]

Discobole en Repos

Discobole en Repos
[Discus Thrower at Rest]

Meleagre

Meleagre
[Meleagrus, from the myth of the hunt of Calydon]

Génie Funébre

Génie Funébre
[Mourning Figure]

Hercule et Telephe

Hercule et Telephe
[Heracles (or Hercules) and His Son Telephus]

Personnage Heroique

Personnage Heroique Inconnu
[Unknown Hero]

Jeune Athlete

Jeune Athlete Remerciant Les Dieux
[Young Athlete Thanking the Gods]

Personnage Romain

Personnage Romain en Forme de Mercure, Dit Le Germanicus
[Roman Posed as Mercury, Known as 'The German']

Duchesne Aine (author)
Granger, Ingre, Boullion, Duchemin et al. (after)
A. Romanet, Statgard par Schulfe, I.B.R.V. Massard, Guerin, Avril fils, Richomme, Jacques-Louis Perée (b. 1769) et al. (engravers)
Classical Statues
from Musée Francais; Recueil Des Plus Beaux Tableaux, Statues, et Bas-Reliefs Qui Existaient Au Louvre Avant 1815
[Museum of France; A Collection of the Most Beautiful Paintings, Statues, and Bas-Reliefs That Were at the Louvre Before 1815]

Paris: 1829
Copperplate engravings
16.5 x 12 inches, average plate mark
23 x 17 inches, overall
$450 each

Classical statues from Musée Francais by Duchesne Aine, a lavish collection of prints recording the great works of art displayed at the Louvre before 1815, when many of them were returned to countries that had previously ceded them to Napoleon. The images are at once accurate records of the Greco-Roman statues they depict and elegant works of art in their own right, created by some of the leading engravers of the period. Such prints were of interest to both art historians and world travelers on the Grand Tour eager to bring home a souvenir of the classical past.

The Musée du Louvre was inaugurated in the year 1800 as the Musée Central des Arts, a repository and gallery for France's great art treasures. It was assumed that its collection would be enlarged by treasures taken by conquest. So when Napoleon invaded Italy and the papal states in the late 18th century, many priceless antique marble statues were ceded by treaty to France and installed in the Louvre. After the defeat of the French, most of these works of art were returned to their rightful owners in 1815.

Jacques-Louis Perée was a French printmaker.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear. Some scattered marginal tears professionally restored.


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