An image of Michel de Marolles

Claude Mellan

(France 1598 – 1688)

Michel de Marolles

Location
Not on display
Further information

Michel de Marolles, abbé of Villeloin (1600-1681) was the first major print collector in Europe. He formed a collection of over 120,000 prints by artists as varied as Mantegna, Dürer and Lucas van Leyden, as well as by his French contemporaries such as Bosse, Callot and Mellan. His collection, contained in 500 leather-bound albums, was purchased by Louis XIV in 1667. It became the nucleus of the present-day collection of the print room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Year
1648
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
22.7 x 16.4 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c., [incised plate] "CM...1648".

Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
243.1988