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Title: 'Pater Aeternus sedens Super pennas Angelorum, haec verba in baptismate Iesu Christi proferrens, Hic est Filius meus dilectus. & c.'
Description: Aug. Vindel., Ieremias Wolff excudit. A very large engraving of the ceiling at the Chateau de Seaux Chapel, consisting of 5 sheets [1 central sheet, surrounded by 4] that together make up one complete circular scene of God in Heaven, surrounded by angels. Diagonal of the 5 mounted sheets is appr. 120 cm. Below the sheet the engraved text 'Pater Aeternus...'. Lower lefthand corner 2 lines of engraved text [ line 1:] 'Carolus Le Brun invenit et pinxit in Capella Castelli vulgo de Seaux [Line 2:] Iohann Iacob Kleinschmidt Sculpsit. Ieremias Wolff excudit Aug. Vindel.' [Augsburg, published by Wolff, no date (appr. 1720)]. The 5 sheets profesionally mounted on cloth over a Ph. neutral core of white paper board. Meas. appr. 130 x 130 cm. Berlin 4023, re-engraved version in 5pls. of the Le Brun / Girard Audran engr. of 1681. Thieme Becker vol. XXII, pp. 510 - 511 [Le Brun]: Charles Le Brun, painter and draughtsman specialized in a.o. ornament drawings., Paris, 1619 - 1690. Le Brun was a highly productive and extremely influential artist, co founder of the Académie Royale in 1648, close associate to Nicolas Foucquet, who commissions the decoration of the Castle 'Veaux' [paintings of ceilings and walls] and hands over the day to day running of the Gobelin manufacturing business Maincy to him, which Le Brun renews and revives. Introduced to the Court by Mazarin, Le Brun receives a wealth of commissions from various well to do and imfluential patrons. Royal painter in 1662. With the help of Colbert he becomes Director of the 'Manufacture royale des tapisseries et des meubles de la couronne'. Le Brun moves into a position of power described by Th./B. as '... sich auf diese Weise bald die Stellung eines mit unbeschrankten Machtbefugnissen ausgestatteten Kunstdiktators erobernd.' Le Brun decorates many rooms and palaces, among these Colbert's 'Capella Castelli' or Chateau 'de Seaux', 1670 - 1674? [Unfortunately destroyed]. The engraving here offered by Kleinschmidt was made after Audran's engraving of Le Brun's fresco painted ceiling of Colbert's chapel. The death of Colbert, Le Brun's benefactor, meant the end of a glorious career in which Le Brun embraced and executed all forms of art [paintings, fresco's, interior decorating, furniture, silver, gold, gobelins, ironwork, marquetterie work, etc.] Le Brun is the architect of a uniform style of art of the epoch that is today known as 'Louis XIV'.: See also Guilmard, pp. 76 - 78: Hymans, comp. pp. 190 - 194: Berlin, 4023 & comp. 4022: Thieme Becker, vol. XX, p. 462: The engraver Jakob Johann Kleinschmidt, copperengraver from Augsburg, [1687/8?] where he died September 1772, 85 years old. 'Tätig für die Verleger J.G.Hertel und Jerem. Wolff in Augsburg ...': Ch. Le Blanc, vol. II, item 1 'Dieu le Père au milieu d'une Gloire d'Anges. Plafond. 5 grandes feuilles.': Originally engraved by Girard Audran in 1681 here reengraved by Kleinschmidt, around 1720, original engr. inscription 'Le Pere eternel porté sur les aîles des Anges ... Peint a fresque dans la voûte de la Chapelle du Chasteau de Seaux, par Mr. Le Brun ... et gravé par Girard Audran 1681.': Hymans, comp. p. 70: Berlin 4023 with a variant engraved text below the plate, indicating Kleinschmidt not only as engraver, but also as designer / draughtsman and publisher. The engraving depicts God the father in Heaven, surrounded by a halo of light, in the central engraving, looking at us, surrounded by a host of winged angels, who are all sitting on or are in the vicinity of a monumental marble ballustrade that runs all round the engraving, in a few places obscured by angels or clouds. Excellent impressions of the plates, very striking dark / light contrasts. A beautifully composed scene.

Keywords: engrs Theology scenes biblical figures engravings maire LeBrun

Price: EUR 2300.00 = appr. US$ 2499.75 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
- Book number: 7304