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Title

Michel de Marolles


Artist

Claude Mellan

France

1598 - 1688


About

Michel de Marolles, abbé of Villeloin (1600-1681) was the first major print collector in Europe. He formed a collection of over 120,000 prints by artists as varied as Mantegna, Dürer and Lucas van Leyden, as well as by his French contemporaries such as Bosse, Callot and Mellan. His collection, contained in 500 leather-bound albums, was purchased by Louis XIV in 1667. It became the nucleus of the present-day collection of the print room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


Details


Date

1648


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

22.7 x 16.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c., [incised plate] "CM...1648".


Credit

Purchased 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

243.1988


Artist information

Claude Mellan

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers