The Chalcography was founded in 1797 based on the assembled collections put together under the Ancien Régime. The most important copper plates among them came from the Cabinet of Engraved Plates of the King, established by Colbert, and the archives of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture.
The Chalcography’s collections have constantly been enriched over the centuries. Since it was founded in 1895, the RMN has distributed and sold prints produced from original copper plates on the workshop’s presses.
Since 1990, the RMN has pursued a policy of commissioning living artists, thereby assuring the Chalcography a place in contemporary art.
Les charmes de la vie champêtre
Sacre de l'empereur Napoléon
Femme à sa toilette
Suzanne au bain
Philippe Favier : Résonnance, 2000
Philippe Favier : Fil de rien, 2000
Fleurs des champs dans un verre (automne)
Fleurs des champs dans un verre (printemps)
La place Fürstenberg
Tête de nègre
Les fêtes de la danse
Terry Winters : Untitled louvre, (sans titre), 2001
Bertrand Henry : Allant vers les roches noires, 2001