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An image of Michel de Marolles by Claude Mellan

Claude Mellan

(France 1598 – 1688)

Title
Michel de Marolles
Year
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
Accession number
243.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (2)

Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006