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Israel Silvestre
'Arch of Constantine' original engraving by Israel Silvestre

ca. 1650

$1,950

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In the mid-seventeenth century, views of historic landscapes and classical structures were increasingly popular among print collectors, and artists like the Frenchman Israel Sylvestre were eager to fill that demand. In this example, Sylvestre captures a view of the Arch of Constantine, showing the monument of the Roman emperor as a ruin of a bygone era. Figures inhabit the landscape, emphasizing the scale of the massive arch, and in the distance are much younger villas, emphasizing the passage of time. 2.75 x 5.5 inches, artwork 11.25 x 14.25 inches, frame Entitled 'Arco di Constantino' in the plate, lower center Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag silk-lined matting, UV5 plexiglass glazing to inhibit fading, and housed in a gold gilded moulding with a 24-karat gold fillet. Israel Silvestre (1621–1691) was a prolific French draftsman, etcher and print dealer who specialized in topographical views and perspectives of famous buildings. Orphaned at an early age, he was taken in by his uncle in Paris, Israel Henriet, an etcher and printseller, and friend of Callot. Between 1630 and 1650 Silvestre travelled widely in France and Italy, which he visited three times, and later worked up his sketches as etchings, which were sold singly and in series. His work, especially of Venetian subjects published in the 1660s, influenced eighteenth-century painters of vedute such as Luca Carlevaris and Canaletto, who adapted his compositions. In 1661 he inherited the stock of plates of his uncle, the printseller Israel Henriet, among which was a large part of the works of Jacques Callot, and many of those of Stefano della Bella. In 1662 he was appointed dessinateur et graveur du Roi and in 1673 he was appointed drawing-master to Louis, le Grand Dauphin. From 1668 he was granted workshop space in the galleries of the Louvre, where the practice of housing eminent artists and craftsmen was a tradition that was originated under Henri IV. Silvestre's atelier was large: he had at least two pupils who had careers as engravers, Franqois Noblesse and Meunier, and In 1670 Charles Le Brun recommended him for membership in the Acadeemie royale de peinture et de sculpture. In 1675 his son, the artist Louis Silvestre, was born at Sceaux.

Details

  • Creator
    Israel Silvestre (1621 - 1691, French)
  • Creation Year
    ca. 1650
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Width: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Condition
    Overall good condition with no toning to paper; some planar distortion in corners; some wear to frame.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 10659g1stDibs: LU60536297052

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