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Grégoire Huret
A FRONTISPIECE DESIGN: 'VIRIDARIUM SACRAE AC PROFANAE ERUDITIONIS' 
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
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Grégoire Huret
A FRONTISPIECE DESIGN: 'VIRIDARIUM SACRAE AC PROFANAE ERUDITIONIS' 
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Grégoire Huret
LYON 1606 - 1670 PARIS
A FRONTISPIECE DESIGN: 'VIRIDARIUM SACRAE AC PROFANAE ERUDITIONIS' 
Red chalk and wash, incised for transfer, within red chalk framing lines
317 by 212 mm
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Literature

E. Brugerolles and D. Guillet, 'Grégoire Huret, dessinateur et graveur' in Revue de L'art, no. 117, 1997, pp. 12-14, reproduced p. 13, fig. 5;
L.-A. Prat, Le Dessin Français au XVIIe siècle, Paris 2013, p. 219, fig. 500

Catalogue Note

This grand and impressive drawing is a preparatory study for the frontispiece to Viridarium sacrae ac profanae eruditionis (fig. 1), a text written by the Jesuit Father, Francisco de Mendoça, and published in 1632 by Jacques Cardon, six years after the author's death.

During Huret's time in Lyon he was principally active as an illustrator, specialising in designs for frontispieces, often responding to commissions from the Compagnie de Jésus.  In this splendid drawing, the Jesuit Father is commemorated in the lower section of the sheet, in the centre, depicted in ecclesiastical attire.  The attractive combination of red chalk and wash not only serves the aesthetics of the overall drawing but works together to create wonderful tonal effects, lending to the drapery of the two repoussoir figures a sumptuous tactile quality and also enhancing the clever perspective employed in the tree-lined garden in the upper section of the sheet.  There are some differences between the drawing and the final print, most notably the angel, who is in flight over the garden in the red chalk study, but who appears in a niche in the published engraving.

The present drawing gives us a fascinating insight into Huret's working methods and demonstrates the great detail that went into the preparatory stages of his frontispiece designs.  

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