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.