Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. De voornaamste gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot. Hague, 1746.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. De voornaamste gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot. Hague, 1746.

Charles Antoine Coypel(1694-1752) achieved artistic success early in his career, gaining admission to the Royal Academy at the age of twenty-one. His great success as an illustrator came with the scenes from Don Quixote which he painted between 1715 and 1720. Twenty-five large engravings based on them were published in 1723-24, and when these were reduced in size (by almost two-thirds) and published more cheaply in 1746 they achieved immense commercial success. In them Coypel depicts a comic Don by emphasising the farcical episodes of the novel. Bernard Picart engraved twelve of the illustrations, including the one shown here.

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