Monday, 6 May 2019
Girard Audran's engraving, “God the Father Carried by Angels”, 1681, after Charles Le Brun
Girard Audran (aka Gérard Audran) (1640–1703)
“God the Father Carried by Angels”, 1681, after Charles Le Brun’s (1619–1690) fresco in the cupola of the chapel at the Château de Sceaux near Paris, the central print from the series of five plates, “Triumph of the New Testament over the Old Testament.”
IMPORTANT: Julie L Mellby in The Princeton University Library blog, “Graphics” (March 27, 2013), explains how this and the other prints in the series are designed to abut and mesh together in recreating a grand image of the cupola—marvellous!:
Engraving with etching on laid paper trimmed close to the plate mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 38.8 x 50.6 cm.
IFF 89 (Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds, Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale); Robert-Dumesnil 81.
The Rijksmuseum offers a description of this print:
Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with flatten folds (with pale discolouration along the fold marks), several restored tears and signs of use (a few minor surface marks). The sheet is laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this large old master engraving reproducing a section of Le Brun’s ceiling fresco for a total cost of AU$236 (currently US$165.02/EUR147.33/GBP125.86 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
If you are interested in purchasing this luminous and elegantly executed interpretation of the colours and tones of a painting as a design in line—and if should also mention the critically important ingredient that Audran captures in Le Brun’s composition: ampleur (i.e. the effect of breadth)—please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold