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Color engravings from the 16th to the 17th centuries in Europe at the Louvre

Published on 6 November 2017 By Laurent P.
La Gravure en Couleurs du XVIe au XVIIe Siècle en Europe, l'exposition au musée du Louvre

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Pyramide - Cour Napoléon
75001 Paris 1

D'octobre 2018 à janvier 2019

From October 2018 to January 2019, the Louvre museum presents an exhibition devoted to engravings by European artists from the 16th and 17th centuries. A way to return to the history of engraving and discover how important it was back in this era.

When the Louvre gets to the engraving… from October 2018 to January 2019, the museum offers an exhibition called “La Gravure en Couleurs du XVIe au XVIIe Siècle en Europe” [Color Engraving from the 16th to the 17th centuries in Europe] and how it name suggests, it promotes a wide series of engravings and etchings created in Europe between the 16th and the 17th centuries.

The exhibition brings together many sheets coming from French collections: Musée des Beaux-Arts in Besançon, BNF, Louvre Museum, Fondation Custodia and ENSBA (Paris Beaux-Arts)… They all join forces to exhibit in a chronological order a panorama of key color engravings and etchings created by the greatest Renaissance and Mannerism masters. An exhibition that also gives pride of place to foreign European collections with the participation of the British Museum, Oxford Ashmolean Museum and Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

At the origin of the exhibition, a research project about the “study of pigments and filigrees of color engravings by making BNF and C2RMF work together”. A study about technic research on the Italian chiaroscuro (etchings engraved on color wood), experimented for the first time in the 1500’s until the 1650’s. the idea behind these art trials is “to print rich tons of tints” in order to widen the way painters transpose light, shadow and their strokes.

Practical information:
Color Engraving from the 16th to the 17th centuries in Europe
At the Louvre Museum, Rotonde Sully Sud
From October 2018 to January 2019
Address: Rue de Rivoli – 75001 Paris

(Credits: Flickr – Jean-Pierre Dalbéra)

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