Dec 22, 2005

Holy Family on the Flight into Egypt

Holy Family on the Flight into Egypt


Dominique Vivant Denon

(French, 1747–1825)


Sheet: 23.7 x 19.2 cm (9 5/16 x 7 9/16 in.); Image: 9.7 x 14.1 cm (3 13/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams Collection 1940.1097

Catalogue raisonné: Graff 45 ; Beraldi Vol.V.p 185



Lithography was discovered in 1798 in Germany by Alois Senefelder (1771-1834), whose efforts to find an inexpensive method to reproduce the text of his plays accidentally led to a new and revolutionary way of printing. Although lithographs were almost immediately produced in Germany and England, the artists of France were the first to appreciate the aesthetic potentialities of this most flexible, responsive, and personal medium. In 1806, one of Napoleon's generals, Baron Lejeune, an amateur painter, was impressed by the technique while in Munich. Upon his return to Paris, he succeeded in introducing a few artists to the method, and by 1811 Denon's studio had become a fashionable center of lithography for amateurs.

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PR - Lithograph
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