Sunday, December 11, 2011

Recueil de Planches sur les Sciences, les Arts Libéraux, et les Arts Méchaniques, avec leur explication

Denis Diderot, and Jean Le Rond D'Alembert wrote an encyclopedia titled Recueil de Planches sur les Sciences, les Arts Libéraux, et les Arts Méchaniques, avec leur explication, A Paris, Chez Le Breton, Imprimeur du Roy, 1763. The work included many illustrations which were engravings after other artists. One section illustrated drawings from which an aspiring artist could learn to draw. The plate shown is the general proportions of a man.

Artists and Engravers: Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. These plates are engraved by J.A.Defehrt and Bonaventure/Benoit-Louis Prevost after J.R Lucotte or Goussier. Ghis particulr plate was engraved by J.A.Defehrt.

The print is available on Ebay.

Diderot Pictorial Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry, Vol. 2 (Dover Pictorial Archives)

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