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Œuvres D'Étienne Falconet, Statuaire; Contenant Plusieurs Écrits Relatifs Aux Beaux-Arts, Dont quelqus-uns ont déja paru, mais fautifs; d'autres sont nouveaux.

Etienne-Maurice Falconet

RA Collection: Book

Record number

07/343

Author

Variant Title

Notes Sur Trois Livres De Pline L'Ancien

Imprint

A Lausanne,: Chez La Société Typographique. -, M.DCC.LXXXI.

Physical Description

6 vols.; 203 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: [4], vi, 348, [2] p. - Vol. II: vi, [2], 336, [2] p. - Vol. III: l, [2], 292, [2] p. - Vol. IV: [4], 452, [2] p. - Vol. V: [4], 464, [2] p. - Vol. VI: [4], 328, [2] p.

Contents

Vol. I: [Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Avertissement - [Text] - Table Des Articles ... - Errata ... . - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - Avertissement - Table Des Articles ... - Errata ... - [Text] - Errata ... . - Vol. III: [Half-t., t.p.] - Préface - Table Des Articles ... - Errata ... - [Text] - Errata ... . - Vol. IV: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Table Des Articles ... - Errata ... . - Vol. V: [T.p.] - Table Des Articles ... - [Text] - Errata ... . - Vol. VI: [half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Table Des Articles ... - Errata ... .

Responsibility Note

The work is dedicated by Falconet 'A La Societé Établie Pour L'Encouragement Des Arts Dans la Ville Et Le Territoire De La République De Geneve'.

References

M.-C. Sahut and N. Volle, edd., Diderot et l'art de Boucher à David [exhibition catalogue] (1984), p.448-54; A.B. Weinshenker, Falconet: his writings and his friend Diderot (1966); L. Réau, Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1922).

Summary Note

The title-pages of Volumes III and IV read, 'Notes Sur Trois Livres De Pline L'Ancien, Où Il Traite De La Peinture Et De La Sculpture. On Y A Joint La Traduction De Ces Mêmes Livres, comme piece justicative des Notes, pour deux qui ne lisent pas l'Auteur dans sa langue. Plusieurs de ces Notes sont fondées sur un manuscrit d'autant plus rare, qu'il paroît ignoré des Savans, jusqu'à ce jour. [epigraph] A Lausanne, Chez La Société Typographique. - M.DCC.LXXXI.' In these two volumes Falconet argues that Pliny the Elder, like other non-artists, was not competent to write about the visual arts. The other four volumes contain all Falconet's essays and a few of his letters - including (Vol. I) 'Reflexions sur la sculpture', 'Observations sur la statue de Marc-Aurele' and (Vol. V) 'Quelques idées sur le Beau dans l'Art'. Many passages in these essays are best understood in the light of his extensive correspondence with Diderot. Falconet also maintained a correspondence with Empress Catherine II of Russia, who commissioned his most famous work, the bronze equestrian statue of the Emperor Peter I.

Provenance

Acquired in 1872. The half-titles of Vols. I-IV, VI and the title-page of Vol. V are inscribed in ink, 'Westmacott'. The half-title of Vol. I is also inscribed in pencil, 'The gift of the widow of Richard Westmacott RA 1872 -'. The verso of the front loose endpaper of Vol. I is inscribed in pencil, 'S:A:H', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf; gilt-decorated spines, red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Oeuvres De Falconet Tom. I. (- VI.)'.

Name as Subject

Subject

Sculpture - Sculptors - Artists - Art - Arts - Europe - France - History
Art history - Art criticism - Essays - France - Switzerland - 18th century

Contributors