The Cabinet du Roi
Many of the prints and books displayed in this exhibition belong to a vast publishing project known as the Cabinet du Roi (King’s Cabinet). Under Colbert’s supervision, the best French printmakers were commissioned to produce hundreds of large and detailed engravings of the royal collections and accomplishments. Beginning in 1670, some of these print series were combined with descriptive texts and published as books, while others remained without text and were bound and distributed as needed. Seen here are four splendid volumes commemorating festivals, tapestries, and ceiling paintings by Charles Le Brun and Pierre Mignard.