Religions - Picart - Pompe Funebre Des Rois De Tunquin (1728)
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Religions - Picart - Pompe Funebre Des Rois De Tunquin (1728):
Pompe funebre des Rois de Tunquin
Original copper engraving by Bernard Picart, 1728
Size: 34 x 42 cm at plate impression mark
In excellent conditions. Beatufifully preserved, highly detailed and very neat.
This is an original, made in 1728, from his most celebrated Work, i.e.,
"Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde" (published in 1723-1737).
Bernard Picart (1673-1733) was a French engraver, son of Etienne Picart, also an engraver. He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam.
After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, a great number of French Calvinists were forced to emigrate. Many of them settled in the Netherlands, a place of relative religious tolerance. They made valuable contributions to the Low Countries’ economic development, including that of the Dutch publishing industry.
The publisher and book dealer Jean-Frédéric Bernard and the illustrator and print-maker Bernard Picart belonged to this community. Between 1723 and 1737 they published the seven volumes in folio of the Cérémonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde. One of the most fascinating anthologies of the early Enlightenment, the Cérémonies were a major event in the history of publishing in Europe.
An early attempt at the study of comparative religion, it is a product of the calvinist-enlightenment critique of religion. A generous body of illustrations coordinated, partly drawn and executed by Picart – over 250 prints and a number of vignettes – contributed greatly to the success of the work. Picart’s method in creating these depictions of the ceremonies of the entire world known at the time deserves attention. One example is the series of illustrations on Indian Religion: Picart did not travel to India and had no direct knowledge of its religious costumes, but, living in Amsterdam, he had access to a wide quantity of information. By compiling diverse sources, namely illustrations from Western travel books as well as Indian miniatures, to make these engravings, Picart created a visual canon of the European view of India in his time, one that would remain influential for many years to come. Thus, the analysis of one group of illustrations in the Cérémonies leads to a more general discussion about the place, significance and informational value of illustration in the transmission of ideas in the field of historical pictorial ethnography
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