C1789

Vitek ou Ninifo. Matzou.

From Denis Diderot’s, Encyclopaedia which was a monument in the history of European thought, undermining the ancien regime and heralding the French Revolution. It was a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth century knowledge. It was edited by the brilliant … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Vitek ou Ninifo. Matzou.

Date:

C1789

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

410mm 
x 310mm

Paper Size: 

270mm 
x 407mm
AUTHENTICITY
Vitek ou Ninifo. Matzou. - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

From Denis Diderot’s, Encyclopaedia which was a monument in the history of European thought, undermining the ancien regime and heralding the French Revolution. It was a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth century knowledge. It was edited by the brilliant Denis Diderot (1713-1784).

It was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from many named contributors and the first to describe the mechanical arts. Its secular tone, which included articles skeptical about Biblical miracles, angered both religious and government authorities; in 1758 it was banned by the Catholic Church and in 1759 the French government banned it as well, although this ban was not strictly enforced. Many of the initial contributors to the Encyclopédie left the project as a result of its controversies and some were even jailed.

Provenance: Wigan Public Library (stamp)

References:
Carter, J. & Muir, P. Printing and the Mind of Man London 1983: 200.

Bernard Picart (1673 - 1733)

Picart was a French artist and engraver. He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. He moved to Antwerp in 1696, and spent a year in Amsterdam before returning to France at the end of 1698. After his wife died in 1708, he moved to Amsterdam in 1711 (later being joined by his father), where he became a Protestant His most famous work is Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. Although Picart had never left Europe, he relied on accounts by those who had and had access to a collection of Indian sculpture.

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