Gabriel Perelle

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Gabriel Perelle (born 1604 in Vernon, Eure, died 1677 in Paris) was a French draftsman and printmaker of topographic views and landscapes.[1]

Mirror basin at Versailles, after one of Perelle's engravings

A pupil of Simon Vouet, Perelle specialized in classical landscapes not dissimilar to those of Francisque Millet, although more obviously decorative. He founded an etching workshop, and his sons Nicolas and Adam assisted him.[2]

Perelle was also a pupil of Daniel Rabel and produced several hundred engravings both from his own drawings and from those of other artists such as Israël Silvestre, Paul Bril, Jacques Callot, Michel Corneille the Elder, Jan Asselijn, Jacques Fouquières, Cornelis Poelenburg, and Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu.[3] These engravings in the etching and intaglio mainly depict landscapes of the Paris region, including views of castles, where he introduced the variety by adding ruins and various accessories.[4]


  1. ^ Christopher Wright (1985). The French painters of the seventeenth century. Orbis. p. 240.
  2. ^ Joseph Strutt (1786). A Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical Account of All the Engravers, from the Earliest Period of the Art of Engraving to the Present Time; and a Short List of Their Most Esteemed Works. ... With Several Curious Specimens of the Performances of the Most Ancient Artists. By Joseph Strutt. ... J. Davis. pp. 216–.
  3. ^ Sue Welsh Reed; Alvin L. Clark; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Canada; Mona Bismarck Foundation (1998). French prints from the age of the musketeers. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-87846-460-9.
  4. ^ James D. Herbert (2008). Our Distance from God: Studies of the Divine and the Mundane in Western Art and Music. University of California Press. pp. 180–. ISBN 978-0-520-93396-5.

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