The French periodical ‚Nouvelles de l’estampe‘ has just gone open access with a new issue including an article by Antoinette Friedenthal presenting the discovery of a portrait of Pierre I Mariette (c. 1603-1657), the founder of the Mariette dynasty of print and book dealers. Hidden unrecognized in the encompassing print collection which the Mariette assembled for Prince Eugene of Savoy from c. 1717 onwards (much of which survives in the Albertina in Vienna), the portrait was etched by Pierre I’s grandson Jean Mariette (1660-1742) and inscribed ‘Petrus Mariette. Iconum mercator Parisiis’ by the sitter’s great-grandson Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774), the last art dealer of the family known as one of the foremost connoisseurs of prints and drawings of the 18th century. The article is available both in French and in English.
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