Drawing the Ancient - The collections of Jean Baptiste Muret and Jean Charles Geslin
Two draughtsmen, Jean-Baptiste Muret and Jean-Charles Geslin, drew antiques for years in the two main French archaeological collections: the first at the Cabinet des médailles of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, from 1830 to 1866, and the second at the Musée du Louvre, from 1863 to 1870.
Whether it is jewellery, bronzes or polychrome terracotta, from the East, Greece or Italy, the two artists have created scientific and sensitive documentation, combining the precision of the archaeological view and the talent of the artist. Their collections, which include several hundred largely unpublished drawings, bear witness to a kind of golden age of graphic documentation within museums, at the very moment of the development of photography.
They are also a major source of information on the taste of the antique in the 19th century and on the history of archaeology and the French and European collections.
256 pages, 101 illustrations
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