Le temple de Diane

Le temple de Diane

Drawing in red chalk  from the Morgan Library and Museum

Watteau was a prolific and highly influential designer of ornamental motifs and decorative schemes whose fancy seduced all of Europe in the Eighteenth Century. A very loose and whimsical doodle like the one above could be interpreted and engraved by an artist-entrepreneur such as Gabriel Huquier and distributed far and wide. The resulting prints were collected as artworks in their own right, and were studied by architects and designers throughout the Continent, shaping the taste of the age. (We can’t help preferring Watteau’s free inspiration to the sanitised, commercial version below.)

Le temple de Diane, after Watteau

Engraving after Watteau by Gabriel Huquier from the Harvard Art Museums

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