Allegory Presented to M and Mme Cuisy on Their Wedding Anniversary, July 30, 176Artist(s)Gilles DemarteauArtist NationalityFlemish (culture or style)Object Creation Date1722-1776Medium & Supportcrayon manner engraving on off-white laid paperDimensions
17 3/4 in. x 12 9/16 in. ( 45.1 cm x 31.9 cm )Credit LineThe Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial CollectionLabel copy
The original chalk drawing by François Boucher, an allegory dedicated to the immortality of love, was engraved by Demarteau and presented on the occasion of the Cuisy’s anniversary. Boucher’s drawing shows two conjoined hearts on the Altar of Love crowned with a laurel wreath. Putti, having disarmed Time (who sits at the lower right with his scythe at his side) hold aloft the hourglass that refers to mortality. A charming and playful reference to the power of love, this engraving captures the Boucher red chalk drawing with great fidelity.
Exhibition label copy from "Eighteenth Century French Prints and Drawings," February 1 - May 4, 2003 by Curator Carole McNamaraPrimary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaWesternRights
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