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Antoine Lepautre

circa 1653
17th century
25.5 cm x 32.4 cm (10 1/16 in. x 12 3/4 in.)

Robert Nanteuil and Jean Lepautre (1623 - 1678) Primary
Robert Nanteuil (Rheims, 1623 - 1678, Paris) co-primary
Jean LePautre (Paris, 1618 - 1682) co-primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Engraving (by Nanteuil) and etching (by Le Pautre)
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, purchase from the Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1997
Accession Number: 1997.86

This unusual portrait combines etching and engraving to achieve effects characteristic of each respective technique. Nanteuil’s engraving is consistent with the design of many other portraits in the exhibition, but the typically heavy oval frame is set into the base of a column situated in an ideal, Italianate landscape. The sitter’s brother, Jean Lepautre, who is known for his imaginative inventions and decorative prints, made this etched part of the composition. Besides a ruin and anonymous figures dotting the countryside in the background, it features the architect’s tools strewn around the foreground. The portrait adorned a volume titled Les oeuvres d’architecture d’Anthoine Le Paultre, Architecte ordinare du Roy [The Architectural Works of Antoine Lepautre, Regular Architect to the King], as inscribed at the bottom of the print, which was published in Paris sometime during the mid-1650s.

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