Nov 1, 2021

Representation des Machines qui ont servi à eslever les deux grandes pierres qui couvrent le fronton de la principale entrée du Louvre

Representation des Machines qui ont servi à eslever les deux grandes pierres qui couvrent le fronton de la principale entrée du Louvre

1677

Sébastien Le Clerc I

(French, 1637-1714)

Etching and engraving

Platemark: 37.7 x 62.7 cm (14 13/16 x 24 11/16 in.); Sheet: 51.2 x 70.5 cm (20 3/16 x 27 3/4 in.)

L. E. Holden Fund 2021.168

State: IV/IV

Location

Did you know?

King Louis XIV made improvements to the living quarters of the Louvre Palace as seen in this 1677 print, but soon abandoned Paris for his palace at Versailles, where he lived until his death in 1715.

Description

Sébastien Leclerc’s etching showing the construction of one facade of the Louvre Palace in Paris shows the machines used to drag and raise a sixty-foot-long stone to cover both sides of a pediment. Leclerc shows a machine in the left foreground that drags the large stone while in the background, at the top of the pediment and an elaborate scaffolding, cranes can be seen raising and placing stone. Leclerc was among a number of printmakers who worked for King Louis XIV, helping to document his many building campaigns and art collections.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Credit line: 
L. E. Holden Fund

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