Record number 03/2461
Author Testelin, Henri, 1616 - 1695
TitleSentimens Des Plus Habiles Peintres Sur La Pratique De La Peinture Et Sculpture, Mis En Tables De Preceptes, Avec Plusieurs Discours Academiques Ou Conferences Tenuës en l'Académie Royale desdits Arts, en presence de Monsieur Colbert, Conseiller du Roi en tous ses Conseils, Controleur General des Finances, Surintendant & Ordonnateur des Bâtiments du Roi; Jardins, Arts & Manufactures de France, Protecteur de ladite Académie, assemblée generalement en des jours solemnels pour la distribution du Prix Royal. Par Henry Testelin, Peintre du Roi, Professeur & Secretaire en ladite Academie.
ImprintA Paris: Chez la Veuve Mabre-Cramoisy., M. DC. XCVI.
Physical Description40 p., [13] pl. (11 dble.): illus.; 515 mm. (Quarto).
Physical Description NotePage 31 is misnumbered 29.
Content Format NoteMuch of the text is engraved on the plates, as follows: [T.-p.] - Preface - [Pl.1] - [Pl.2:] Aux Amateurs De La Peinture - [Pl.3: 1st table of precepts:] Sur Le Traict - [Pl.4] - [Pl.5: 2nd table:] Sur Les Proportions - [Pl.6.] - [Pl.7: 3rd table:] Sur L'Expression - [Pl. 8,9] - [Pl.10: 4th table:] Sur Le Clair Et L'Obscur - [Pl.11] - [Pl.12: 5th table:] Sur L'Ordonnance - [Pl.13: 6th table:] Sur La Couleur - [Text:] Conferences De L'Académie: 1670. Sur L'Usage Du Trait Et Du Dessin; 1672. Sur Les Proportions; Sur L'Expression; Sur L'Ordonnance; Sur Le Clair Et L'Obscur; Sur La Couleur.
Summary NoteSome plates carry the dates 1675, 1678, 1681.

Testelin's 'Table de préceptes' was intended to be a codification of the teaching of the French Académie Royale, suitable for passing on to successive generations of students. It was first published in 1680, without any of the discussion and comment which Testelin provided for it. In 1681, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Testelin became an exile in the Netherlands; but in 1696 he was permitted to publish this new edition of his Table together with its commentaries.

An English version of the Table had been published in London in 1688 as The Sentiments of the most Excellent Painters Concerning the Practice of Painting Collected and Composed in Tables of Precepts.
Responsibility NoteThe first plate carries the name of L. Testelin as painter and that of Audran as engraver. The sixth carries the name of Le Brun as 'inventor'. The ninth names Raphael as painter. No other plate is signed.

The headpiece of the Conferences is signed by C. Le Brun as draughtsman and S. Le Clerc as engraver.
SubjectPainting - Sculpture - Theory - France - History - 17th century
Treatises - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 17th century
Copy NoteThe title-page is inscribed in ink, 'David Renouard'.
Binding Note19th-century brown cloth-covered boards; 20th-century half calf; green morocco spine-label lettered 'Testelin - Sentimens De Plus Habiles Peintres 1696'.
ProvenancePresented by Dr Robert Levett, by 23 October 1773 (RAA CM I, 162).
Variant TitleConferences tenuës en l'Académie Royale
Tables de préceptes, avec plusieurs discours Academiques
Contributors Mabre-Cramoisy, Françoise, la veuve, 16--? - 1717, publisher
Renouard, David
Testelin, Louis, 1615 - 1655, source artist
Le Brun, Charles, 1619 - 1690, draughtsman
Raphael, 1483 - 1520, source artist
Audran, Gérard, 1640 - 1703, engraver
Le Clerc, Sebastien, 1637 - 1714, engraver
Levett, Robert, 1705 - 1782, previous owner, donor
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