Engraving for the king, the exhibition at the Louvre

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Published by Laurent P. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 20 February 2019 at 18h06
From February 21 to May 20, 2019 the Louvre offers an exhibition around the engraved molds of chalcography, called “Graver pour le roi” [Engraving for the king]. An exhibition to dive into the universe of engraving including a display of the slabs ordered by Colbert for Louis XIV.

The story of French engraving within easy reach: Here’s what the Louvre offers from February 21 to May 20, 2019 with the “Graver pour le roi” [Engraving for the king] exhibition. A retrospective inviting visitors to discover the art of engraving through the collection of the Louvre Chalcography, created in 1797 under the leadership of the directorate and created out of the gathering of “three collections of engraved molds created in the second half of the 18th century”.

An institution including molds from the King’s Cabinet and its “thousands of slabs ordered by Colbert to show the greatness of Louis XIV’s reign”, as well as the molds from the Menus-Plaisirs (French Royal Household) and those from the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture). All in all, 14,000 molds engraved with copper create the chalcograpy that used to aim at using “the printing of etchings ‘in order to’ spread the image of the museum’s masterpieces”.

A retrospective displaying about 120 works including about 70 engraved molds from these three historical collections. Works displayed “by comparison with drawings from the Louvre Graphic Arts department’, as well as etchings from the Edmond de Rothschild’s collection and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France [France National Library]. The occasion to discover a part of French history in a fun way… shall we go there, friends?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 21 February 2019 to 20 May 2019



    Pyramide - Cour Napoléon
    75001 Paris 1


    Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre

    Billet exposition + musée: €17

    Official website

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    Ouvert du 9h à 18h, de 9h à 22h les mercredis et vendredis. Fermé le mardi.

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