Restes des fondations du grand Temple de Balbec
A Paris chez Jacques Chereau rue St Jacques au dessus de la Fontaine St Severin aux 2 Colonnes n° 257.
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Jacques Chereau in Paris circa 1780, depicting a view of the Temple at Baalbek (Lebanon).
During the 18th Century, several renowned establishments in Paris, London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy) were specialized in the creation of these optical views. They could be viewed alone or through a zograscope, a wooden foot surmounted by a lens which enlarged the image and accentuated the perspective effect. They could also be placed in optical boxes, the spectator then looked inside the box through the lens. This distraction was greatly appreciated in the 18th Century in the salons of the bourgeoisie and the nobility as in the countryside thanks to the hawkers.
These etchings are nowadays exhibited in museums around the world and extremely appreciated by collectors and decorators for their historical interest and their high decorative value.
Museums & Archives
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bernay owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Restes des fondations du grand temple de balbec
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Baalbek is the ancient Heliopolis of the Romans.
Baalbek’s history dates back at least to the end of the 3rd millennium BC. Baalbek was a thriving Phoenician city where the worship of Baal was celebrated among the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
The ancient city, located in the north of the Bekaa plain, is made up of ruins from the Greco-Roman era, with older traces of the Semitic era.
The complex of three giant temples left by the Romans includes: The temple of Bacchus, The temple of Jupiter of which there remain six granite columns and the temple of Venus.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 242 years ago (around 1780).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Restes des fondations du grand Temple de Balbec datant de 1780 is dispatched worldwide within 24H in a Secured packaging, accompanied by its certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the name of the artists (draughtsman, engraver, editor), the impression process used (Strong water) and its date (1780).
In order to guarantee a perfect conservation in time, this strong water etching is dispatched, ready to be framed, under museum quality color passepartout (manufactured without acid in the pulp for a neutral pH) on a cream mountboard made from carton bois (also acid free & neutral pH), in a luxurious portfolio.
At the apogee of the mode for optical views, between 1750 and 1790, four European cities specialized in their edition: Paris (France), London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy).
Optical views are prized in very different social circles : pleasant recreation in aristocratic salons, the views are admired in beautiful and richly decorated optical boxes which are real works of art. The show was transformed into a real scientific experiment. But the optical views also entertained the people who were in a hurry when a hawker set up a box on a market and began to narrate the extraordinary events that had taken place in a more or less distant and inaccessible country.
There are three categories in the production of optical views.
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