The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Monday, January 10, 2011

Examples of Copy Work Engravings from the late 18th Century, France

Portrait of Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Portrait of Jean-Baptist le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783)

This morning while on eBay France I discovered a series of engravings from an 18th century drawing course as mentioned in Denis Diderot (1713-1784) and Jean-Baptist le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783) L'edition de Lucques de L'Encylopedie. As mentioned in a recent post (Book review of The Language of The Body), these engravings were used to train 18th and early 19th century art students in two preliminary stages of drawing: first, the copying of two-dimensional works of art, often engravings like these, which also often meant copying images of parts of the body before moving on to entire figures; and second, drawing after sculptures, usually plaster casts of well recognized antique master-works.

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