Agrippina leaving the bath - Claude Mellan
Print engraved by Claude Mellan (1598-1688).
This print is part of a suite, representing antique statues belonging to the royal houses, from one of the volumes of the King's cabinet of engraved plates, known as the Cabinet du Roi, which was a sort of illustrated catalog of the royal collections.
Among the 61 plates from the Statues and busts of the Royal Houses, the first 18 are the work of Claude Mellan (1598-1688), the undisputed master of burin engraving. The prints of Etienne Baudet (1638-1711) show his determination to equal the art of his master. The comparison of the works of the two engravers highlights the genius of Mellan.
A student of Simon Vouet in Italy, Claude Mellan settled in Paris shortly before 1620. An extraordinary engraver, he created and developed the "one-cut" engraving process: a single stroke of the burin composes the motif of his Sainte Face sur le Linge de sainte Véronique as well as his signature and the Latin inscription. This prodigious and totally innovative tour de force made him recognized by Louis XIV whose ordinary engraver he became in 1657 (at the same time as Robert Nanteuil), then engraver of the cabinet of statues and antique busts.
Etienne Baudet is one of the most remarkable engravers of the French 17th century. His exceptional qualities earned him admission to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1675 and the position of engraver to the king. In 1677, he succeeded Claude Mellan in the reproduction of statues and busts after the antique of the royal houses. Also for the King's Cabinet, he realized with Louis de Surugue de Surgis a part of the plates of the Grand Escalier des Ambassadeurs in Versailles.
Modern proof printed from the original plate of the Chalcographie du Louvre.
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- Order shipped directly from the Art Workshops within 3 weeks.
- Engraving date :
- 17ème s.
- Size of the sheet :
- 56 x 38 cm
- Museum :
- Musée du Louvre
- Art movement :
- 17th century
- Editor :
- Ateliers d'art de la Rmn-GP
- Original work kept at :
- Chalcographie du Louvre
- Author :
- C. Mellan (1598-1688)