Dec 11, 2008

The Three Graces

The Three Graces


Jean François Janinet

(French, 1752–1814)

after Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini

(Italian, 1675–1741)

Color wash-manner etching and engraving

Sheet: 50.5 x 33.5 cm (19 7/8 x 13 3/16 in.); Platemark: 44 x 32 cm (17 5/16 x 12 5/8 in.)

Gift of Moselle Taylor Meals 1977.94

Catalogue raisonné: Fonds Français 18ieme Siecle - XII.24.40

State: I/II


Did you know?

In addition to his work in printmaking, Jean-François Janinet was an amateur physicist and experimented with traveling by hot air balloon.


Since ancient times, art critics had praised painters for their ability to portray subjects so lifelike that they might be mistaken for the real thing. The mastery of printing techniques that produced full-color images like this one featuring female nudes with remarkably naturalistic skin gave French printmakers new capabilities that for centuries had been the exclusive domain of painters.

See also
PR - Lavis manner
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