Fontaine du Jardin du Luxembourg (grotte de Marie de Médécis)

Charles Marvillec. 1850

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This fountain was part of those gardens. Charles Marville, who specialized in photographing landscapes, architecture, and urban views, made this photograph four decades after the fountain’s 1811 restoration, which added the white marble statue of Venus bathing. If you go to Paris now, you will see the 1864 restoration, which radically restructured it and moved it 100 feet to make way for a street.

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  • Title: Fontaine du Jardin du Luxembourg (grotte de Marie de Médécis)
  • Creator: Charles Marville (French, 1816-1879)
  • Date Created: c. 1850
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 20 x 15.9 cm (7 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.); Paper: 53.6 x 34.7 cm (21 1/8 x 13 11/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, Scarsdale, NY, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2021.65
  • Medium: Salted paper print, Blanquart-Évrard process
  • Inscriptions: Imprinted on recto: "Melanges Photographiques", Imprinted on recto: "Imprimerie Photographique de Blanquart-Evrard a Lille", Imprinted on recto: "36/Fontaine du Jardin du Luxembourg/(Grotte de Marie de Médicis)/Jacques de Brosse, 17em siecle", Written in pencil on verso: "30/14", Written in pencil on verso: "20.1 x 16/53.5x 34.5"
  • Fun Fact: In the 1620s, French queen Marie de’ Medici built an Italianate palace and gardens on Paris’s Left Bank.
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: France
  • Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg
  • Collection: PH - French 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 2021.65

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