CAYLUS, Comte de. Mémoire sur la peinture à l'encaustique et la sur la peinture à la cire.
Genève, Pissot libraire, 1755.
8vo (195x125 mm), frontispiece-(8)-133 pages and 2 plates. binding : Contemporary full sheep. Tail cap worn, joint spliting but sound. Foxings, waterstain at the end of the book.
The Count of Caylus, amazed by the conservation of ancient paintings, worked to rediscover the secrets of painting by the ancients. According to Pliny's writings, he brought up to date with this thesis the technique of encaustic painting which was opposed to the oil painting dominant at the time.
The encyclopedists Grimm and Diderot opposed him that the encaustic technique was not flawless and it was outside France with English and Italian painters that Caylus' work had the most influence.
provenance: Bookplate from Henri Ducup de Saint Paul.
Price : 450 €