Artwork of the Week: February 21

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Israël Silvestre (French, 1621–1691), Collection of Views of Paris, of the Châteaux in their surroundings

Israël Silvestre (French, 1621–1691), Collection of Views of Paris, of the Châteaux in their surroundings, in other parts of France, Italy and England, etching, 1651–58. 8 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. Works on Paper Galleries

A book of etchings bound in calf skin, this collection includes architectural views of some of the grandest palaces and chateaux in Paris and surrounding areas. Among these, are images of the Tuileries (TWILL-eh-ree) Garden and the since-demolished Tuileries Palace in precise detail. The garden and palace are both symmetrical and balanced in their geometrical grid-like layout. Each end of the palace mirrors the other, making the central, domed pavilion the main focal point of the etching. This image also allows us to see how the garden area was utilized by visitors centuries ago as a place for leisure activities. Come see this etching and many other works from the Museum’s collection in Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper, through May 18.


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