Copperplate engraving/etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 21 x 29,3 cm. Image size: 13,2 x 22 cm.
From: ‘Segmenta nobilium sinorum et statuarum.’, published in 1638. Although Perrier was French, he fell in love with Rome when he traveled there first in 1628 and then returning in 1635 and remaining for 10 years. While there, he completed this series of 100 views of Roman statuary in the various palaces and gardens, including the Medici and Vatican gardens and the Palazzo Farnese. In 1660 this work was published in Dutch with newly copied / etched plates by van Dalen. Ref: Ref: Robert-Dumesnil 187.
Made by Francois Perrier after own design. Francois Perrier (Pontarlier 1590 – Paris 1650) was a French painter and etcher. He resided in Rome from 1620 to 1625, where he became a follower of Giovanni Lanfranco and worked with De Cortona and Carracci. He then returned to France, and settles in Paris in 1630. There, Perrier worked in the circle of Vouet and had Charles Le Brun as his pupil. He is mostly remembered for his two series of prints after classical sculptures. These provided visual repertoires of classical models for generations of European artists and collectors.
Condition: Very good, given age. A few tiny worm holes in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.