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Turgot's Plan De Paris in White on Black - Old Map of Paris - Vintage Art Prints - Old Maps and Prints - Antique Paris Decor - Map Art
This is our exclusive white on black edition!
Behold the splendor of Michel Etienne Turgot's 1739 Plan de Paris! Designed by Louis Bretez and engraved by Claude Lucas, this infinitely detailed birds-eye map was 5 years in the making. It was originally published as a set of 20 printed plates handsomely bound in volumes presented to the king, provincials, and foreign dignitaries - one even being sent to the court of the emperor of China - to promote the worlds favorite city. Copies of this magnificent work now reside in collections in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville. The original engraved brass plates are housed in the Louvre, and are still to this day used for re-printing employing the exact techniques used two centuries ago!
Not without it's critics though, the artists of Turgot’s Plan used a forced perspective, where buildings appear of the same size whether far or near on the map, considered archaic at the time. The wide, clear streets were also an artistic illusion in an attempt to render buildings in perspective on both sides of the streets without overlapping, rather than an accurate depiction of the squalor of the eighteenth-century city, with its crowded streets and teeming garbage. The French kings had long moved to Versailles a century prior, away from these urban hazards. Bretez’s vision of a modern, well-ordered city however better suited Turgot’s purpose of publicizing the glories of Paris, the commercial and symbolic heart of France.
Nonetheless, this map is a beautifully rendered snapshot of 1700's Paris, an epic undertaking still appreciated today. We have assembled all 20 plates into a single grid, suitable for framing. The map is inscribed at the bottom with a title and artist credits in French, and our exclusive print is bright and highly detailed. One can nearly see into individual windows and doorways! You'll become lost in this print for hours as you discover centuries old landmarks - Notre Dame, Le Louvre, La Sorbonne, Pont Neuf - even La Bastille which still stood at the time.
This print is a highly detailed scan of the original published plates and is truly an amazing image perfect for framing. It makes an excellent addition to your home or office, and is a perfect gift for the Paris aficionado in your life.
18" x 18"
18" x 24" [pictured]
❖ High resolution images printed at or below optimal size to preserve clarity. We won't blow up an image to sell you a more expensive size!
❖ Digitally restored to remove distracting blemishes, stamps, and damage while still preserving the foxing, wear, and creases that lend to the character of these historic images
❖ Printed on archival quality Epson Enhanced matte stock:
◆ 10.3 mil thick/192 GSM heavyweight
◆ Acid-free, museum quality
❖ Printed only with Epson UltraChrome HDR ink
◆ Natural high-density pigment colors
◆ Rated lightfast up to 200+ years
❖ Printed on Epson Stylus Pro 7900/9900 printers for giclée quality color and clarity
❖ Protective hardboard kraft tubes virtually eliminate shipping damage
◆ Made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content
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