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.
The Muses Clio, Euterpe et Thalia
L'assemblée dans un parc
Portrait de Victor Hugo
La cruche cassée
Le jeune mendiant
La poule et ses poussins
Le radeau de la Méduse
Etching Palm Tree. Details of leaf and bunch
Etching Thebes. Louqsor. View of the Palace Entrance
Architecture & Ornaments
Plan and elevation from the Louvre
Paris & Surroundings
Paris en 1860
Napoléon 1er, empereur des français