Silvestre was one of the printmakers in France who followed the etching method of Jacques Callot and Abraham Bosse. Like them, he employed a vocabulary of lines and marks that pertained to engraving. Primarily a topographical etcher, Silvestre was commissioned by Louis XIV to document the towns, palaces and monuments of the expanded royal domain. Callot's influence is especially evident in the small gesticulating figures which give scale and animation to the compositions.
The Church and Abbey of Clairvaux in Burgundy
13.8 x 24.2 cm image
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers