Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sacrae Historiae Acta

Nicolas Chapron or Chaperon, artist
French, 1612 - 1656
Three of 54 Etchings - from Sacrae Historiae Acta, 1649
25 x 29.4 cm (image)

Nicolas Chaperon (Châteaudun, bapt. 19 October 1612 — Lyon 1656) was a French painter, draughtsman and engraver, a student in Paris of Simon Vouet whose style he adopted before he was further matured by his stay in Rome (1642-51) in the studio of Nicolas Poussin.

He made a name for himself with his suite of 51 - 54 engravings after the Raphael Loggie of the Vatican, Rome, edited and published in 1649: The frontispage reads:

"Nobilissimo viro dno Aegidio Renard ... Sacrae historiae acta a Raphaele Urbin in Vaticanis xystis ad picturae miraculum expressa. Nicolaus Chapron Gallus a se delineata et incisa D.D.D. Romae MDCXXXXIX ... Petrus Mariette excudit"

Many of the etchings can be seen on the website of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco