La Chalgographie du Musee du Louvre

One of my favorite places in the Louvre is the chalcographie or engraving department. There you can explore the extraordinary work of artists and engravers going back to the seventeenth century. I can spend hours pouring over the archives, especially the detailed architectural views of Paris. They sell prints of many of the antique engravings, and I find that they make a wonderful basis for hand-colored artwork that is highly decorative. I have a French artist do the meticulous coloring. At the center of this image of Paris in the eighteenth Century are the Louvre and Tuilleries, back when Louis XV owned the place.

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