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The Louvre (Engraving)
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Artist/Maker: published by F. Chereau
Created: 18th century
Dimensions: 24.8 x 130.8 (9 3/4 x 51 1/2 in.)
Accession Number: 1969-8
Historical Notes: No longer a royal residence, the Louvre served multiple purposes during Jefferson's time in France. There he visited the studios of the artist Jacques-Louis David and the architect Clerisseau, met with members of various royal academies, and attended the Salon of 1787. The "new" east facade of the Louvre (designed by the architects Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and Claude Perrault from 1667 to 1670) impressed Jefferson as one of the "celebrated fronts of modern buildings, which have already received the approbation of all good judges." He recommended it many years later as a model for buildings in the United States Capitol.