Louis-François Casas is an outstanding French landscape painter, sculptor, architect and orientalist. The future artist was born on June 3, 1756, in the city of Azay-les-Ferron in the family of a craftsman. When he was fifteen, he began to earn money as a draftsman's apprentice. In 1775 - 1778, thanks to the patronage of Aignan-Thomas Desfriches and Louis-Auguste de Rohan, he studied painting at the Paris Academy. In 1778, together with one of his patrons, he left for Italy, where he remained until 1783.
During his stay in Italy, the artist makes many drawings of the historical sites of the Apennine Peninsula, Sicily and Istria. From 1784 to 1786, Casas worked at the French Embassy in the Ottoman Empire. Accompanying Ambassador Auguste de Choiseul-Gufier on his trips, the painter traveled all over the Middle East, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. The result was about 250 drawings that were included in the work published in 1799 "Voyage Pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phenicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte"
Peter and Athens, the same statues:
Istria and Dalmatia
A small selection of prints and paintings of the 17-19th century, which depict the ruins of bygone civilizations that once flourished on the territory of modern Italy. They depict the remains of the Etruscan Cyclopean walls, the ruins of ancient Greek cities - colonies and the ruins of the times of the Roman Empire. The archive contains old books with illustrations of all of the above.
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