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Nationality/school
French, Italian
Born
Paris 1694-05-07
Deceased
Paris 1774-09-10
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son of Jean Mariette
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1714 - 1774
from c. 1714 till 1774
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  • Parijs
    After his study in Paris, he would always come back to it as his home-base during his many travels. His knowledge of prints and his close friendship with Caylus and the artist Charles-Antoine Coypel secured him a position reorganizing the old master print collection of the Bibliothèque Royale. In 1741 Mariette was asked to write the sale catalogue of Crozat's collection of paintings and antiquities, the first example of the modern descriptive sale catalogue. Before the death of his father in 1742, Mariette had already been running the family publishing and print-making business, an aspect of his career often overlooked by art historians. By 1750 he sold the family business that he had inherited in 1744, in order to purchase the office of Contrôleur Général de la Grande Chancellerie, a sinecure that allowed him to devote the rest of his life to his researches and to increasing his celebrated collection. He concentrated on prints and drawings, but also included paintings, bronzes and terracottas. Among his great drawings was a Michelangelo study of a nude for the Sistine Chapel
  • Amsterdam
    After he attended the Jesuit college in Paris, his father, Jean Mariette (1660–1742), sent him on tour in 1717, to sharpen his connoisseurship and further family connections. First he went to Amsterdam, which was the center of the art trade
  • Wenen
    After Amsterdam, he went to Vienna by way of Germany. In Vienna Mariette catalogued the art collection of Prince Eugene of Savoy
  • Florence 1733
    Through his artistic connections, Mariette was named a member of the prestigious Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence, in 1733.
  • Venetië
  • Rome
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
landscape (as genre)
Creation date: 1992-01-18; Last modified date: 2021-11-24

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