(b. 1660, Paris, d. 1742, Paris)


French engraver and painter. The son of Pierre Mariette II and Geneviève Lenoir, demonstrated from an early age a flair for the fine arts. He studied under his brother-in-law, Jean-Baptiste Corneille, who taught him drawing, painting and engraving, and Mariette initially focused his efforts on painting. However, when Charles Le Brun saw some of his engravings, he persuaded him to concentrate on this genre. Heeding Le Brun's advice, Mariette intended to make reproductions of great pictures, in the style of Gérard Audran (1640-1703), for whom he had a particular admiration, but after marrying Claude-Geneviève Coignard and setting up as a bookseller and print-dealer, he mainly produced everyday works. Even so, the catalogue of these engravings lists no less than 35 reproductions of pictures and various subjects, after his own drawings and after Nicolas Poussin, Michel Corneille, Cheron, Antoine Dieu, Guido Reni, Annibale Carracci, Sébastien Bourdon, Contarini, Charles Le Brun, Van Dyck, Alexander and Domenico Zampieri.

His son, the renowned Pierre-Jean Mariette (whom he taught), recalled that his father had a highly developed taste and a deep knowledge of the styles of the different engravers. Mariette published French Architecture or Collection of Plans ( Architecture française ou recueil de plans) (in three volumes, 1727-37). The Louvre museum holds a portrait of him painted by Antoine Pesne.

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