LE LORRAIN, Louis-Joseph
(b. 1715, Paris, 1759, St. Petersburg)

Temple of Venus

1747
Engraving
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Despite international conflicts, European courts in the 18th century displayed significant cultural unity, and many artists traveled or settled abroad. One such artist was Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain, an engraver and painter of still-lifes and history paintings, who was known, above all, as a designer of vases and furniture. He also organized public festivities (La Chinea, 1745-48, Rome).

The picture shows one of Le Lorrain's proposals for the Chinea festivities.