In the 18th century, Colbert ordered a series of works for King Louis XIV that would showcase the magnificence of his reign. This included a series of etchings that showcased Paris at the time. The plates used have become important artefacts in Parisian art culture and this collection is now part of a larger exhibition in the Pyramide – Cour Napoléon at the Louvre for their Spring series.
These intricately engraved plates sit alongside other pieces from the Edmond de Rothschild’s collection and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. These three sections are designed to showcase the quality of these works during this period. It is also the perfect opportunity for visitors to see the details of these metal plates in a way not often possible before. There are 70 plates and additional prints to illustrate their images.
The Engraving for the King show continues until the 20th of May and is sure to be an educational experience
Jean-Gérald Castex, Musée du Louvre
Useful information :
Engraving for the King
The Historical Collections of the Louvre Chalcographie
From February 21, 2019 to May 20, 2019
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
15€ (permanent collections + exhibitions)
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.