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L'art d'imprimer les tableaux. Traité d'après les écrits, les opérations & les instructions verbales, de J. C. Le Blon

Coloritto or the Harmony of Colouring in Painting / L'harmonie du coloris dans la peinture

Author Antoine Gautier de Montdorge (French, 1701–1768), Author Jacob Christoph LeBlon (1667–1741), Engraver Pierre François Tardieu (French, 1711–1771), After Jean Robert (French, active 1746–1782), Printer and Publisher Pierre Gilles Le Mercier (French, active 1735–1766), Publisher Nyon (French, 18th century), Publisher Michel Lambert (French, 1722?–1787)

Place of Publication: Paris, France


Overall: 21.5 x 15.4 x 2.8 cm (8 7/16 x 6 1/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with one hand-colored color mezzotint and two engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: P. G. Le Mercier, Jean-Luc Nyon, and Michel Lambert, 1756) Octavo; 96 leaves, plus three plates; modern blue buckram, over original pastepaper wraps.

Printed color palette (color-printed, plus hand coloring); illustrations of mezzotint tools and method of rocking plates

Paris: Pierre Gilles Le Mercier, Jean-Luc Nyon, and Michel Lambert, 1756


Sylvester Rosa Koehler, Boston (1837-1900, first curator of prints at MFA), by whom given to MFA, October 20, 1898.

Credit Line

Gift of Sylvester Rosa Koehler