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Neoclassical, Art, Mythology, Statues & Sculpture, Louvre Collection, Antique Prints, Paris, 1829

$375

Jean Duchesne Aine (1779-1855) (editor)
Pierre Bouillon (1776-1831), Granger, Ingre, Duchemin, et al. (after)
Henri-Guillaume Chatillon (1780 – 1856), Jacques-Louis Perée (b. 1769), A. Romanet, Statgard par Schulfe, I.B.R.V. Massard, Guerin, Avril fils, Richomme, et al. (engravers)
Ancient Greco-Roman 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]

W. Galignani and J.O. Robinson, Paris and London: 1829
Copperplate engravings, uncolored
16.5 x 12 inches, plkatemark, average approximate
23 x 17 inches, overall
$375 each

Engravings of classical statues from 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 prints include Roman gods and goddesses such as Apollo, Bacchus and Venus. Other examples are Urania, the female muse of astronomy, and Jeune Athlete Remerciant Les Dieux (Statue de Bronze)–  a young athlete thanking the gods. Well-known male and female figures from classical mythology are depicted, often as nudes. The images are at once accurate records of Greco-Roman statues they depict and elegant engravings in their own right. Such prints were often purchased by English and European aristocrats interested in the ancient world, including those who had been on the Grand Tour to Italy. Indeed, images of ancient art such as these were an influential part of 18th-century art scholarship influencing the artistic and architectural movement of neoclassicism at the time. Indeed, images of ancient art such as these were an influential part of 19th-century art scholarship influencing the artistic and architectural movement of late neoclassicism and its revival in the Victorian era.

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Description

In 1800, the Musée du Louvre was inaugurated 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. 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, including the Vatican, in Rome.

Among the prints from this series that we have from time to time are the following:

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]
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 [Mercury]

Condition: Each generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and restored with light remaining overall toning and wear. Images in different prints vary in size depending on plate mark, but generally frame well as a set.

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Century

19th Century