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:
[Aesculapius (or Asclepios), God of Medicine]
[Urania, Muse of Astronomy]
Le Faune En Repos
Le Faune Chasseur
[Faun as Hunter]
Discobole en Repos
[Discus Thrower at Rest]
[Meleagrus, from the myth of the hunt of Calydon]
Hercule et Telephe
[Heracles (or Hercules) and His Son Telephus]
Personnage Heroique Inconnu
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.