Author(s) Niceron, Jean-François
Title La perspective curieuse... Divisée en quatre livres...
Imprint Paris, J. Du Puis, 1663
Localisation Tours, Cesr, SR 46 (7163)
Subject Perspective
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     François Langlois’s widow, Madeleine Collemont, who had remarried Pierre II Mariette in 1655, relayed one part of her collection to Mariette’s brother-in-law, the publisher Jean Du Puis (1663-1675). In 1663 he republished the entire 1652 treatise, modifying only the title page. This reprint, a quarter of a century after Niceron’s first essay, is evidence of the interest that painters and scholars had in anamorphoses during the 17th century.


Jean-Pierre Manceau (Tours) – 2014


Critical bibliography

N. G. Poudra, Histoire de la perspective ancienne et moderne..., Paris, Corréard, 1864.

F. Siguret, “Jean-François Niceron: le dess(e)in politique”, Communications, 34, 1981, pp. 25-40.

J. Baltrušaitis, Anamorphoses ou Thaumaturgus opticus. Les perspectives dépravées – II, Paris, Flammarion, 1984.

P. Hamou, La vision perspective (1435-1740), Paris, Payot & Rivages, 1995.