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The Courtiers' AnatomistsAnimals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris$
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Anita Guerrini

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226247663

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248332.001.0001

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The Histoire des animaux

The Histoire des animaux

(p.128) Four The Histoire des animaux
The Courtiers' Anatomists

Anita Guerrini

University of Chicago Press

Artists and illustrations were part of the Academy’s work from the outset; illustrated accounts of dissections of exotic animals began to appear in 1667. Colbert’s imperative to contribute to the glory of Louis XIV led to the elephant folio Mémoires pour servir à l’histoirenaturelle des animaux (Histoire des animaux) in 1671, augmented in 1676. Full-page engravings revealed the animal in life as well as its dissected parts. But the beauty, size, and expense that made Histoire des animaux an effective tool in promoting Louis, its images echoed in paintings and tapestries, made it less useful to fellow men of science. By 1674, Joseph-GuichardDuverney had joined Claude Perrault in the animal project.

Keywords:   artists, illustration, engraving, dissection, animals, Histoire des animaux, Paris Academy of Sciences, Claude Perrault, Joseph-Guichard Duverney, Jean-Baptiste Colbert

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