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Print - L'académie des Sciences et des Arts dédiée au Roy
  • L'académie des Sciences et des Arts dédiée au Roy
    Le Clerc, Sébastien the elder, born 1637 - died 1714
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L'académie des Sciences et des Arts dédiée au Roy

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1698-1715 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Clerc, Sébastien the elder, born 1637 - died 1714 (designed by)
    Cochin, Charles-Nicolas II, born 1715 - died 1790 (printed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching

  • Museum number:

    26912

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA9

This print is an allegory of the Academie Royale called here 'of Fine Arts and Science' founded in 1648 in Paris in emulation of the academies of Florence and Rome. The scope was to promote the artistic patronage of King Louis XIV as well as train artists who would then disseminate French art and lead the artistic taste throughout Europe. The academic teaching was based on the classical ideas described by the Ancients: there was a liberal curriculum of courses in geometry, anatomy, perspective, history, geography and literature which complemented an intense artistic practice which began with the copy of casts of Classical and Renaissance major works and gradually progressed to the life class. In the 17th century, the painter Charles Le Brun was one of the founder members of the Académie and its director for many years. Sébastien Le Clerc (1637-1714) was a printmaker, draughtsman and military engineer who found in Le Brun a master and a protector. Le Clerc entered the Académie in 1672 and was later appointed professor of geometry and perspective. The present print was made after his original design now in the British Museum (1886,0111.18) probably by Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1688-1754).

Physical description

Large palace courtyard with porticos supported by Corinthian columns, people in antique dress engaged in activities representing the sciences and arts. In the right background a library with the inscription 'Theologia'. Numerous instruments include, diagrams, mathematics, planetary charts, globe, mirror, rule, optical instruments, compasses, architectural plans, statues, vases, cranes and plumb-lines, heraldry, designs, skeletons, stuffed animals, botanical samples. In the bottom centre a royal coat of arms with crown, fleur-de-lys and insignia of the Order of the Saint-Esprit dividing the inscription.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1698-1715 (made)

Artist/maker

Le Clerc, Sébastien the elder, born 1637 - died 1714 (designed by)
Cochin, Charles-Nicolas II, born 1715 - died 1790 (printed)

Materials and Techniques

Etching

Marks and inscriptions

L'ACADEMIE DES SCIENCES ET DES BEAUX-ARTS DEDIÉE AU ROY
Par son tres humble tres obeïssant et tres fidele Serviteur et sujet Seb. Le Clerc.
Inscribed in etching on both sides of a royal coat of arms with crown, fleur-de-lys and insignia of the Order of the Saint-Esprit

THEOLOGIA
Background right, over door of library

Dimensions

Height: 246 mm sheet trimmed to., Width: 378 mm sheet trimmed to.

Object history note

'Purchase from R Jackson 19 Nov 1874' (Acquisition Register). No nominal file.

Descriptive line

Print, L'académie des Sciences et des Arts dédiée au Roy, after Sebastien Le Clerc, made by Charles-Nicolas Cochin, Paris, 1698-1715

Categories

Allegory; Prints; Science

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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