Israël Silvestre is a name that is too familiar to art lovers and gallery patrons in France. Yet, we only know one side of the man’s work. His well-crafted engravings are very renowned to the public, but his drawings are less so. Many of his greatest works remained hidden from public view in the archives of the Louvre. That is until now. This new exhibition in the Louvre’s Rotonde Sully showcases a series of drawings depicting the changing landscapes and cityscapes of France, with a particular focus on an emerging Paris, Silvestre’s native Nancy, and the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau in Versailles.
France Viewed from the Grand Siècle - Drawings by Israël Silvestre (1621–1691) takes viewers on a journey from France to Rome. It exposes as much about Silvestre as an artist as it does about the history of the region.
Bénédicte Gady and Juliette Trey, Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre.
From March 15 to June 25, 2018
15 € (permanent collections + exhibitions)
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Tuesdays (closed).
Late night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.