Night Scene from Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux's "The Lectern" [Le Lutrin], Illustration for the 3rd CantoArtist(s)Bernard PicartArtist NationalityFrench (culture or style)Medium & Supportetching and engraving on laid paperDimensions
13 in x 8 ⅞ in (33.02 cm x 22.54 cm);13 in x 8 15/16 in (33.02 cm x 22.7 cm);12 ⅝ in (32.07 cm);12 1/16 in x 8 7/16 in (30.64 cm x 21.43 cm)Credit LineGift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. SpinkSubject matter
The French satirist Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux wrote Le Lutrin in 1674. This "mock-heroic poem" recounts the quarrel of two church dignitaries over where to place the lectern in the church. This print depicts a scene from the 3rd Canto when three men try to move the lectern in the middle of the night, under the cover of darkness.Physical Description
Three men standing in a surprised movement with an owl coming out of an overturned lectern. There is decorated border around the drawing.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typeintaglio printAdditional Object Classification(s)Unbound WorkCollection AreaWesternRights
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men (male humans)