Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Oeuvres de Jean Racine, 1801
    Author: Jean Racine (French, baptized 1639–1699)
    Illustrators: Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, 1758–1823); Jean-Guillaume Moitte (French, 1746–1810); Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, 1767–1824); Nicolas Antoine Taunay (French, 1755–1830); Antoine Denis Chaudet (French, 1763–1810); Francois Gérard, called Baron Gérard (French, 1770–1837)
    Engraver: Jean Baptiste Michel Dupréel (French, active 1787–1817)
    Publisher: Pierre Didot the Elder (French, 1761–1853)
    Printed Book with engraved illustrations

    Overall: 19 11/16 x 13 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (50 x 35 x 7 cm)
    By exchange, 1958 (58.635.1(2))

    Volume 2: Illustration to Mithridate, Act 2, 1801
    Designer: Pierre Peyron
    Engraver: François Joseph Étienne Beisson

    This is the second volume of Didot's three-volume The Works of Racine. In his preface to the books, Didot referred to this edition as a "monument to Racine." He carried out this metaphor in the scale and luxuriousness of the edition, as well as in commissioning contemporary artists to illustrate it. The presentation of the illustrations reinforces the impressiveness of the edition, where an equality of scale is established between image and text: both the distance from the top of each illustration to the bottom of the caption below, and the width of each illustration are equal to the size of the text blocks that open each act and face the illustrations. This visual equivalence asserts the significance of the illustrations as interpretations of the text, and as images in their own right. Didot's claims for the significance of the illustrations were underscored by the fact that the individual prints were exhibited regularly at the Salon.

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  • Oeuvres de Jean Racine, 1801
    Author: Jean Racine (French, baptized 1639–1699)
    Illustrators: Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, 1758–1823); Jean-Guillaume Moitte (French, 1746–1810); Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, 1767–1824); Nicolas Antoine Taunay (French, 1755–1830); Antoine Denis Chaudet (French, 1763–1810); Francois Gérard, called Baron Gérard (French, 1770–1837)
    Engraver: Jean Baptiste Michel Dupréel (French, active 1787–1817)
    Publisher: Pierre Didot the Elder (French, 1761–1853)
    Printed Book with engraved illustrations

    Overall: 19 11/16 x 13 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (50 x 35 x 7 cm)
    By exchange, 1958 (58.635.1(2))

    Volume 2: Illustrations to Iphigenia, Act 4
    Designer: François Gérard
    Engraver: Jean-Baptiste Louis Massard


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