Representation of the machines that were used to raise the stones that cover the Louvre's pediment - Sébastien LeClerc
Modern proof printed on Moulin du Vergé paper, laid paper 120 gr.
Last 10 draws made in November 2018.
Dated, numbered, stamped - delivered with certificate of authenticity.
The Louvre Colonnade is the eastern facade of the Louvre Palace. It is considered one of the masterpieces of French classicism. The final project was undertaken in 1667. Despite its name as "Colonnade de Perrault", it still poses a problem of attribution, its design being the result of many influences, including those of Louis Le Vau, the king's architect, Charles Le Brun, the king's first painter, and Claude Perrault, architect. It should therefore be seen as a mixture of different inspirations. The most delicate operation was the laying of two stones forming the pediment chair rail, each 17 metres long and 2.50 metres wide. In 1672, these stones were placed. Since their size in a quarry in Meudon, the operation lasted 3 years and required the construction of a machine invented by the carpenter Ponce Cliquin. To immortalize this tour de force, the artist, Sébastien Le Clerc, himself demonstrated virtuosity in both composition and technical mastery.
Sébastien Le Clerc, 1637-1714, belongs to the great engravers of the court of Louis XIV. It was Le Brun who encouraged him to become more involved in engraving. He was rewarded for his talent by a pension as a draftsman and engraver of the king then he was appointed academician in 1672 and professor of perspective at the said Academy. At the death of Claude Mellan, H. Le Clerc was the king's ordinary engraver from 1693 to 1705. Sébastien Le Clerc's engraved work is estimated at about 3,700 pieces. Of this important production, the chalcography has the plates made for the illustration of the Labyrinth of Versailles, the Tapestries of the King after the paintings of Le Brun as well as the architectural records of royal houses.
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- Entretien :
- Eviter toute source d'humidité et de lumière directe. Ne pas plier la feuille
- Copper plate size :
- H.38,4cm L.64,2 cm
- Dimensions :
- 56 x 76 cm
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- Reference :
- Editor :
- Ateliers d'art de la Rmn-GP
- Museum of Conservation :
- Chalcographie du Louvre
- Author :
- Sébastien LeClerc (1637-1714)