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Exhibition Engraving for the King
The Historical Collections of the Louvre Chalcographie

from February 21, 2019 to May 20, 2019

Founded in 1797 under the Directory, the Louvre Chalcographie holds over 14,000 engraved copperplates, used to make prints, and has the mission of disseminating the image of the museum’s masterpieces through the art of engraving.

This institution, which is part of the Musée du Louvre, arose from the merging of three collections of engraved plates, established from the second half of the 18th century: the Cabinet du Roi, including nearly 1,000 plates commissioned by Colbert to illustrate the greatness of Louis XIV’s reign; the Menus-Plaisirs collections, which spread the image of great court ceremonies and public festivities of the 18th century; and the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture’s collection, comprising pieces submitted by engravers upon their admission, and engraved plates acquired by the institution in the second half of the 18th century to develop its editorial collection.

This exhibition presents preparatory drawings, engraved copperplates, and prints made from them. It aims to trace the history of the three royal collections that each contributed in their own way to the dissemination of the king’s image. It also showcases the copperplates which, regarded until recently as mere tools for printing, are at the core of an engraver’s profession.

Organized by:

Jean-Gérald Castex, Musée du Louvre

Practical information

From February 21 to May 20, 2019

Rotonde Sully

€15 (permanent collections + exhibitions)

Opening hours
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Further information
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

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