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Classical Art, Statues & Sculpture, Louvre Collection, Musée Français,, Antique Prints, Paris:1829

$375

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
$375 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.

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Description

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.

Among the prints illustrated above are the following:

Bacchus

Bacchus

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

Jason

Uranie
[Urania, Muse of Astronomy]

Le Faune En Repos
[Resting Faun]

Le Faune Chasseur
[Faun as Hunter]

Apollon Lycien
[Lycian Apollo]

Discobole en Repos
[Discus Thrower at Rest]

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

Génie Funébre
[Mourning Figure]

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

Personnage Heroique Inconnu
[Unknown Hero]

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

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

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

Additional information

Century

19th Century